Though it's usually played indoors, handball resembles an upper-body version of soccer: on its way to the goal, the ball can be thrown, bounced or butted with any part of the body but the lower legs and feet (only goalkeepers are exempt from this rule). One of Europe's most popular sports, it's also growing fast in Africa.
Sweden were beaten into second place at Atlanta and Barcelona but are now world champions; with 1996 gold winners Croatia not competing, their chief concerns will be Spain and Russia.
Denmark will be trying for their second consecutive Olympic gold medal, keenly pursued by Atlanta runners- up Korea (which won gold at the last two Olympics), Hungary and current world champions Norway.
WHEN TO WATCH
Men's Sept. 30
Women's Oct. 1