Croatia beat Italy in first wheelchair handball match in Croatia

NEWS: “Emphasise diversity, not differences” was the match’s motto which was not only followed by the president of the Croatian parliament but also by EHF EURO 2018 mascot, Tor

Photo: HRS

In the first wheelchair handball match played on Croatian soil, the home team beat Italy 21:7 (12:3) on Wednesday night.

The historical occasion – the Croatian team started training only one week ago – was not only followed by Gordan Jandroković, the president of the Croatian parliament, but also attended by Tor, the official mascot of the EHF EURO 2018 in Croatia in January.

"Emphasise diversity, not differences" was the match’s motto, highlighting that participation in sport in general and in handball in particular is not limited by age, sex or any physical condition but that handball is a sport for everyone.

 Croatian Paralympian Dino Sokolović, who lost his two legs, and also several family members, in a terrible accident in 2003, had gathered the team.

 "I suggested that we should invite a good team like Italy that had already play wheelchair handball to see where we are.”

 "I didn’t have a clue what the result is going to look like in the end.

 "We showed that handball is for everyone. I hope this is just the beginning,” he said after the match.

 The Men’s EHF EURO 2018 throws off in Croatia on 12 January in Split, Porec, Varazdin and Zagreb.

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written by Jelena Bagaric (HRS) / ehf-euro.com / ts