Handball at the 2020 Tokyo Games will feature a 12-team men’s tournament and a 12-team women’s tournament.
For each event, the 12 teams are divided into two groups of six. In the preliminary round, each team plays the five other teams within its group. The top four teams in each group advance to the quarterfinals as the format changes to a direct-elimination tournament. The semifinal winners play to determine gold and silver, while the semifinal losers play for bronze.
With the exception of South Korean winning six women’s Olympic medals, the sport of handball has been largely dominated by European nations.