London 2012 - BOA give green light to GB handball teams
The British Olympic Association has confirmed that the British men's and women's handball teams will both be permitted to take up their host nation qualification places for the 2012 Games.
Britain's participation in the handball events had been in doubt when the BOA insisted that the two teams meet certain qualifying criteria before being allowed to compete - most notably insisting that the teams be capable of producing a "credible performance".
And BOA chief Andy Hunt has now confirmed that the teams had both done enough to be able to take part.
"We are extremely pleased to be able to confirm that the British Handball Association has proven to us that they will maximise the opportunities that come with participation at a Home Games to make a step change in their sport that will also have a lasting legacy for handball," he said.
British men's team goalkeeper Bobby White was delighted by the decision.
"It is fantastic news," he said.
"There has been a great deal of hard work from everybody involved in British Handball, none more so than the players that have continued to fight and improve when circumstances were against us.
"Now we can focus solely on what we can control, and push on even further. In 2012 we will have the chance to show the British public what an incredible sport handball is."