The Yugoslav Federation of Handball is celebrating its 25th Anniversary, and to mark the occasion it recently held an international match in which the Yugoslav team played a rest-of-the-world squad.
WORLD AND YUGOSLAV TEAMS WALKING ONTO COURT: TROPHIES: TEAMS EXCHANGING PENNANTS: I.H.F. PRESIDENT HOEGBERG: GAME IN PROGRESS SHOWING YUGOSLAV TEAM SCORING THREE GOALS AND WORLD TEAM TWO: SCOREBOARD: WORLD TEAM RECEIVING TROPHY.
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Background: The Yugoslav Federation of Handball is celebrating its 25th Anniversary, and to mark the occasion it recently held an international match in which the Yugoslav team played a rest-of-the-world squad.
Yugoslavian players are among the best in the world. They hold the men's Olympic Gold medal and the women's team is World Champion.
Three of their best players were in the World team for Wednesday's match. Other players came from Romania, Poland, Czechoslovakia, West Germany, Hungary, Norway, Sweden and Spain. At present the east Germans are World Champions but they did not send any players to Yugoslavia for the contest.
The President of the International Handball Federation, Paul Hoegberg, watched the match.
The game is similar to basketball but much faster. The ball does not have to be bounced but is thrown from player to player. Points are scored by throwing the ball through a goal like that of a football pitch, rather than through a hoop as in basketball.
Until recently the game was popular mainly in Eastern Europe, but over the last couple of years the sport has burgeoned. It is now becoming popular in places like the Middle East and Scandinavia.