Handball Pictogram – Olympic Sport
Athens 2004 Olympic Games Pin
The 2004 Summer Olympic Games, officially known as the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad and commonly known as Athens 2004, was a premier international multi-sport event held in Athens, Greece, from 13 to 29 August 2004. Officially there were 301 events in 28 sports.
Handball at the 2004 Summer Olympics had a men’s and a women’s team competitions with the preliminary rounds taking place in the Sports Pavilion at the Faliro Coastal Zone Olympic Complex. From the quarter final stage onwards, the women’s event moved to the Helliniko Olympic Indoor Arena, a part of the Hellinikon Olympic Complex, with the men joining them there for their semi-finals and final.
The men’s Handball event first made an appearance, played outside, at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany but did not then re-appear until the Games returned to Germany for the Munich Olympics in 1972 since when it has been ever present. The women’s game debuted in Montreal, Canada at the 1976 Summer Olympics and again has been ever present since.