World University Championship Handball 2014 @ Guimarães, Portugal • 3-10 August 2014
is overand the winners are:
Fernando Parente in interview
Fernando Parente, Secretary-General of the Organizing Committee was very pleased and happy in the end of the international sport event.
What is your appreciation about the event?
I think, for what is a standard of a WUC, this one is way above the level of the performances that we have seen in other competitions. We had some difficulties at the beginning caused by the arrivals of delegations and it is always more difficult to put everything as we had planned in practice. But now everything is going well and I think that delegations are pleased.
What were the positive aspects and the main difficulties that crossed this WUC2014?
The most positive things are the conditions of the sports venues, the monitoring of all the volunteers and also the way that the Organizing Committee planned the event. The main difficulties were all about technical issues. We had two teams that gave up the competition right before it started and that meant that we had to waste a lot of time to compose all technical things.
What are the prospects for the next world university championship here?
We will organize the next WUC Karate 2016, in Braga. In 2013, we have the European University Championship of Handball and we will continue to promote these international events. We want to continue training young people, offer the opportunity to work in sports events organizations and also give some status to the university. It will be very hard-working but it is another huge challenge.
The game is over!
After 7 days of Handball, we came to the end of the 22nd World University Handball Championship. In Guimaraes, took place the last 8 games of the event to qualify the top eight teams of each gender. In the male competitions, the Portuguese squad reached the World University Handball Champion title and, in the female's side, Brazil won the gold medal.
Czech Republic smashed Mexico by 42-20, and placed 7th. Mexico's defense was never able to prevent the attacks and counterattacks from Czech team. Spain and Japan faced each other for the 5th place. Till minute 15, it was a balanced game, but after that Spain changed the defense, and kept scoring till the final result 31-17.
Romania and Korea faced for the 3rd and 4th place, and the Korean squad won by 20-30. The game started balanced but before the break Korea achieved a small advantage of 3 points. This superiority was maintained, Korea dominated and won the match.
The university women's squad of Brazil won the 22nd WUC of handball by 17-24 against Russia. Brazil began to lead and after ten minutes was already winning by 0-6. The Russian team tried to recover, reaching 4-6. However, Brazil maintained the advantage, winning by 9-14 at the break. In the second half of the game, Brazil opened the score and increased the lead. The yellow team reached the advantage of 12 goal.
Czech Republic and Chinese Taipei met to set the 7th and 8th places. The first half of the game was balanced but in the second half, Czech Republic was stronger and ended the match winning by 31-22.
Egypt won over Romania and placed 5th. It was a balanced game, so that the 60' ended with a tie at 30 goals. At 7m shoots, Egyptian squad score 4 goals against 3 from Romania.
Russia and Spain fought for the bronze medal. Russia lead the scoreboard most of the time, but Spain never allowed more than a 4 goals difference, that they managed to recover, so that the game ended with a tie at 26 goals. The match was decided on tiebreak with 7 meters shots. Spanish team managed to score three goals (29) against two of Russia (28), and won the
Portugal won over Brazil by 29-23 in the male’s final. Portugal was almost always ahead of the scoreboard, despite of the good game done by Brazil.
Portugal went to middle time winning, and Brazil came to the second half determined to change it. They managed to get ahead of the scoreboard once, but Portugal quickly review it is defense, and kept scoring til the final 6 goals difference. After being 2nd place at 21st WUC in Blumenau, Brazil, in 2012, Portuguese national team won it is first WUC title!
The OC Malaga 2016 visited Guimaraes
The next organizing committee of the World University Handball Championship, to be held in Malaga in 2016, met with the local Organizing Committee to share some experiences and knowledge about the organization of this championship.
In the meeting was also a member of the International Korfball Federation, sport that wants to be part of the World University Championships Program.
The meeting was very productive and effective to these organizations and to the Organising Committee of Guimarães 2014.
In the picture you can see: Gert Dijkstra (IKF Board member and Special Delegate for Competitions Development), Alejandro Guerra (University of Malaga Sports Assistant), Fernando Parente (General Secretary of WUC Handball) and Pedro Montiel (University of Malaga Sports General Director)