Asia Men Handball Championship is disputed between the teams from East Asia - South Korea, Japan, China
and teams from the Gulf - Kuwait, Qatar , Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.
In the last years Iran emmerged also as a contender. There is a big rivalry between the Continental areas.
In the Gulf Handball is the second team sport after Football, so there are some very ambitious teams - particularly Kuwait.
Altough South Korea through the years has been one of the best teams in the World, for them is most
dificult to win Asian Championship than to make a good participation in World Champs or Olympic Games.
Some times controversal refering had a big role in these tournaments.
Because of the rivalry between 1995 and 2000 there was no tournaments.