Team Handball News likes to take and thoughtful and introspective look at all the major issues facing the handball world and keeping with that role here’s a link to ESPN Argentina’s “The Body Issue” featuring Argentinian handball player, Antonela Mena.
ESPN Argentina Magazine Video: Link
Mena, 29, has been with the National Team for several years and is the team captain. She also plays for club team, CID de Moreno. In an interview with the El Universo website, she discussed her reservations with posing:
“The truth is that it was a tough decision, because I was embarased … but then I said why not, if important athletes have already done so, it could mean an opportunity for handball. I had a good time and little by little I was less uncomfortable as they were professional and made me feel comfortable. I recognize that it is difficult, but with the support of my partner, family and companions I was encouraged and I was fine with it.” (Note: Rough translation via Google)
While some might be put off on this expose as a novelty stunt, promotion like this can really help increase a sport’s awareness quotient. At least there’s little doubt in my mind that this post is going to get a few more clicks than another commentary on how to better develop handball in the U.S.
Also, a bit of equal time. Here’s a link to Frederico Pizarro from last year’s issue: Link