Make your own free website on Tripod.com

1999 MEN'S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS IN EGYPT:  DRAW AT THE CAIRO OPERA HOUSE

On 27 January the Cairo Opera House will form the festive surroundings for the draw for the men's indoor handball world championships, which, as you know, is to take place in different Egyptian towns from 1 to 15 June. At 7.30 p.m. (local time) the president of the IHF Commission of Organizing and Competition, Mr Peter Mühlematter (SUI), will carry out the allocation of the teams to the four preliminary round groups for the title matches on the Nile.
He'll be assisted by Joachim Deckarm, the former top German handball player, who has been invited by the Egyptian Federation to draw the lots. The draw programme will be rounded off by artistic acts and the presentation of the official WC hymn.
The draw will be carried out in six performance groups of four teams each. The 24 participating teams belong to the six performance groups as follows:

1. Russia Sweden Spain Germany
2. Yugoslavia Tunisia Hungary Saudi Arabia
3. France Croatia Denmark Egypt
4. Norway Cuba Korea Algeria
5. FYROM Nigeria China Argentina
6. Australia Kuwait Morocco Brazil

The draw is effected by first drawing a country from one pot and after that drawing its corresponding group from the second pot.

1st Step: Draw of performance row 1 with
Russia - Sweden - Spain - Germany
into groups A - B - C - D

2nd Step: Draw of performance row 2 with
Yugoslavia - Tunisia - Hungary - Saudi Arabia
into groups A - B - C - D

3rd Step: Draw of performance row 4 with
Norway - Cuba - Korea - Algeria
into groups A - B - C - D

4th Step: Draw of performance row 5 with
FYROM - Nigeria - China - Argentina
into groups A - B - C - D

5th Step: Draw of performance row 6 with
Australia - Kuwait - Morocco - Brazil
into groups A - B - C - D

In line with point. 2.1.5., paragraph 4, of the Regulations for IHF Competitions it must be paid attention to the fact that when drawing the teams from performance row 6 the team from one continent is not drawn into the same preliminary round group as the team of the same continent from performance row 5. For example, Morocco must not be drawn into the same preliminary round group as Nigeria, or Brazil not into Argentina’s group and Kuwait not into China's.

6th Step: Draw of performance row 3 - as organiser Egypt has
the prerogative to assign itself to a group of its choice.

Then
France - Croatia - Denmark
will be drawn into the remaining three groups.