Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain agreed on Sunday to return their ambassadors to Qatar, signaling an end to an eight-month rift over Doha’s support for Islamist groups. Political conflict between countries in Persian Gulf caused a real mess in handball world, when Bahrain and United Araba Emirates decided to decline participation on World Championship 2015 in Doha.
IHF announced a week ago that IHF Council will decide about the replacement for these two national teams on their meeting on November 21. In the last few days a lot of rumours could be heard about substitutions, from Korea, Kuwait, Australia, to European teams as Serbia, Iceland or Hungary. Diplomatic handball battle was fought in silence.