A new edition of a snow handball event will be held in the capital of the Argentinian province of Tierra del Fuego, Ushuaia, just like in 2013. But this time the tournament has reached an international status. Between the 18th and 20th of September the I Men’s Snow Handball Panamerican Championship will take place in the Harowen Complex in the southernmost city of the planet, as announced by the Pan American Team Handball Federation (PATHF) on its website.
Unlike in the first edition where only local teams took part, this time six countries have informed of their intention to participate in which will be the first ever official competition of this kind. Besides from the organizing country (Argentina), Brasil, Chile, México, Paraguay and Uruguay.have shown their interest to be a part of this competition that has been named “End of the World” which is a common designation for the host city due to its location.
The PATHF, together with the Argentiian Handball Confederation (CAH), are the organizing bodies and will receive support from the Tierra del Fuego Federation, the Infuetur (Tierra del Fuego’s tourism institute) and the Sports Secretariat from Ushuaia. The first edition of this tournament back in 2013 also had the endorsement of the Argentinian Olympic Committee (COA) and the IHF itself. Mario Moccia, president of the PATHF, shared the results and experiences during the IHF Congress held in Doha later that year.
A fixture and more details will very likely be informed in the following days. Snow handball includes some aspects from indoor handball and mostly from beach handball, which popularity is growing and has already been included in the Buenos Aires 2018 YOG (Youth Olympic Games). Although this new mode is only making its first steps, how crazy is it to think of snow handball as part of the Winter Olympic Games programme by 2026?
TEXT: LAURA AGENA