KUWAIT CITY – The Asian Handball Federation moved Sunday to impose a punitive measure on Japan and South Korea if the upcoming replays of the Asian Olympic qualifiers are staged as planned in defiance of the federation’s claim. The AHF, which is controlled by Middle Eastern countries and opposes the International Handball Federation’s decision to annul the results of last year’s qualifiers, made the move at an extraordinary council meeting called two days before the start of the replays in Tokyo. Other details of the AHF council decision were not immediately known. “This means that (the AHF) will punish Japan and I will be punished, too, if we go ahead with the replays as scheduled, but there is no choice but to do it,” Japan Handball Association President and AHF Vice President Yoshihide Watanabe said. Earlier this month, IHF President Hassan Moustafa, an Egyptian, made clear that the results of the upcoming replays will stand regardless of the number of participating countries and that the IHF will nullify any penalties the AHF is considering imposing on the two nations. Japan and South Korea are set to meet in the replays at Yoyogi National Gymnasium in Tokyo.
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