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The USA Team Handball Men’s National Team has qualified for the Senior Pan American Championship that will take place this summer in Buenos Aires, Argentina, June 10-20.

The Pan American Handball Championship is the official competition for senior national teams of North, Central and South America, and the Caribbean. Participating teams in 2016 include Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Guatemala, Greenland, United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, Paraguay, Venezuela and Columbia. The top three teams will qualify for the 2017 World Men's Handball Championship that will take place in France in January.

The U.S. men's handball team won silver medals at the 1983 and 1985 Pan American Championships, as well as bronze medals in 1979, 1981, 1989, 1994 and 1996. In 2014 the men’s national team finished sixth in the Pan American Championship. The men’s head coach, Javier García-Cuesta, is going into this year’s championship with a positive attitude.

“We know our limitations and the competition is tough and good quality, but in sports and in life, everything is possible. I know one thing for sure, we will give our best,” García-Cuesta said.

The U.S. received an automatic bid to the Pan American Championship due to Cuba, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic dropping out of the North America and Caribbean (NORCA) Championship. The other NORCA teams to qualify by automatic bid include Greenland, Puerto Rico, and Canada.

USA Team Handball is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with regional staff in Auburn, California, Texas, Illinois, New Jersey and New York. USA Team Handball re-established its Residency Program in November 2013, in Auburn at Auburn University.

For more information on USATH, visit www. usateamhandball.org. More information on the Pan American Championships is available online