Handball is one of the oldest known ball games, first originating in Ancient Rome. Roman women pioneered the handball technique in a game called expulsim ludere, while Roman men preferred a more rugby-like game called hapastum. The popularity of the game spread through European countries during the Roman conquest.
History of Handball. as told by Tom O’Connor. Growing up in Ireland in the 50’s, there were certain facts that were perceived as being self-evident; the sun rose in the east, America was the land of opportunity and handball was an Irish invention. We grew up with stories of Fionn Mc Cool, Cuchulainn and other legendary heroes who, emerging from the Celtic twilight, would relax after their great deeds in battle and hunting by playing hurling (ariel hockey) and handball.
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The team handball game of today was codified at the end of the 19th century in northern Europe: primarily in Denmark, Germany, Norway and Sweden. The first written set of team handball rules was published in 1906 by the Danish gym teacher, lieutenant and Olympic medalist Holger Nielsen from Ordrup grammar school, north of Copenhagen.
Handball debuted as an Olympic sport in the XI Olympiad, in Berlin 1936 – yet under the auspices of the International Association of Athletics Federation – IAAF (International Olympic ...
Handball has origins from many different countries. By the late 19th century, handball was being played in Germany, Scandinavia, Czech Republic, and Ukraine. The first evidence of handball goes back to long before, however. The women of the Roman Empire played a game similar to handball, which they called expulsim ludere.
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The game of Handball was founded at the end of the 19 th century in the northern parts of Europe, specifically in Germany and in Scandinavia. But the modern game of Handball was carved in 1917 in Germany and since then it has gone through several amendments as well.
According to Nogueira (2004), there are reports that Handball appeared in Denmark in 1848, through a game created by Prof. Holger Nielsen, whose name was Handebold or Haadbold.
History of Handball. A sport of German origin, from the nineteenth century. Initially practiced only by women outdoors. To change that in 29 October 1919 the German Professor of the Normal School of Physical Education in Berlin, Karl Schelenz with the help of Max Heiser and Erich Konig worked to make handball a mixed and competitive sport.