Kuwait men's national handball team

The Kuwait national handball team is controlled by the Kuwait Handball Association. It is highly regarded as one of the most successful national handball teams in Asia and the Arab World. Kuwait has enjoyed great handball success at both the national and club level. The sport is widely considered to be the national icon of Kuwait, although football is more popular among the overall population. Kuwait's golden decade existed from the late 1990s to the late 2000s. Kuwait is also the founding member of the Asian Handball Federation, the Asian Championship and Club Champions League.

NicknameAl Azraq (The Blue) الازرق
AssociationKuwait Handball Association
CoachTonči Drušković
Summer Olympics
Appearances2 (First in 1980)
Best result12th (1980, 1996)
World Championship
Appearances8 (First in 1982)
Best result15th (1982)
Asian Championship
Appearances15 (First in 1977)
Best result1st (1995, 2002, 2004, 2006)
Last updated on Unknown.
Kuwait men's national handball team
Medal record
Asian Games
2006 DohaTeam
1998 BangkokTeam
2002 BusanTeam

On 15 September 2015, the International Handball Federation suspended Kuwait Handball Association.[1]


Summer Olympics

World Championship

Asian Championship

Year Round
Kuwait 1977Fourth place
China 1979Third place
South Korea 1983Third place
Jordan 1987Third place
China 1989Third place
Japan 1991Eighth place
Bahrain 1993Runners-up
Kuwait 1995Champions
Japan 2000Withdrew
Iran 2002Champions
Qatar 2004Champions
Thailand 2006Champions
Iran 2008Runners-up
Lebanon 2010_***
Saudi Arabia 2012Eighth place
Bahrain 2014Seventh place
Kuwait 2020Eighth place
**Gold background color indicates that the tournament was won.
Red border color indicates tournament was held on home :soil.
***Following the IOC decision to suspend the NOC of Kuwait which came in force on 1 January 2010, the International Handball Federation decided to suspend handball in Kuwait in all categories.

Asian Games

National coaches


  1. "IHF suspends Kuwait Handball Association". ihf.info. 15 September 2015.