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Handball at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games

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Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Date Started: July 31, 1984
Date Finished: August 11, 1984
Events: 2

Participants: 259 (177 men and 82 women) from 14 countries
Youngest Participant: ALG Kamel Maoudj (14 years, 336 days)
Oldest Participant: AUT Maria Sykora (37 years, 265 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): 85 athletes with 1 medal
Most Medals (Country): YUG Yugoslavia (2 medals)


The Soviet-led boycott hit handball quite hard. Since the sport's reintroduction in 1972, all 15 medals in the sport had been won by teams from Eastern Europe, and most of those wouldn't compete in Los Angeles. In the men's game, five of the qualified teams stayed home, while three squads had to be substituted in the women's tournament. This left things open for Yugoslavia, which hadn't joined the boycott and went home with two gold medals.