South Korea wins in disputed replay of team handball qualifier

TOKYO -- South Korea defeated Japan 28-25 on Wednesday in a
replay of a qualifying match for the men's handball tournament at
the Beijing Olympics.

They were the only two nations replaying Asian qualifiers
initially held in September last year, when referees from Jordan
and Iran were brought in at the last minute by the Asian Handball
Federation to replace German referees.

Their disputed calls helped Kuwait win the men's tournament and
Kazakhstan the women's, qualifying them for August's Olympics in

In December, the International Handball Federation ordered
replays of the qualifiers.

The AHF, headed by Kuwaiti prince Sheikh Ahmed Al-Fahad
Al-Sabah, has denied match fixing and has said it will punish
countries taking part in the replays.

Only Japan and South Korea took part in the replays. South
Korea's women's team defeated Japan on Tuesday to book a place in
the Beijing Olympics.

The IHF, in a recent letter to the Asian federation, declared it
is the "only body endorsing the results of the continental
qualifying tournaments for Olympic Games and World Championships."