The Pan-American Games Handball competition started yesterday with Women’s Group matches. As expected Brazil, Argentina, and Cuba coasted to easy victories, while the Dominican Republic edged Paraguay 33-30. Those four winners are now the likely semifinalists that will come out of Group Play.
The Men’s Competition will start today. Team Canada will face a stiff test against Cuba and will likely need a victory to move on to the semifinals.
The winner of the Men’s and Women’s competition, respectively, will qualify for the 2008 Olympics. The 2nd place teams will earn a spot in an Olympics qualification tournament next spring.
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