From 8 to 16 June 2019, 12 teams will battle for glory at the 3rd IHF Men’s Emerging Nations Championship to be held in Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia.
The draw took place today, 26 April 2019 at the IHF Head Office in Basle, Switzerland. According to the draw procedure, the teams in pots 6 to 3 were drawn first in their respective groups, followed by the teams in pot 1. After hosts Georgia chose to join Bulgaria, Ireland, Malta, USA and Nigeria in group B, Azerbaijan was drawn in group A, where they will face PR of China, Great Britain, Colombia, Cuba and India.
For the European teams, not only the title is at stake but also a ticket to the EHF EURO 2022 qualification as the highest-ranked European team at Georgia 2019 will qualify for the ‘Relegation Round’ together with Luxembourg and Cyprus – the winners of Phase 1 – which will play against the three lowest-ranked teams of the 2020 qualifiers (to be decided on 16 June 2019).
PR of China