This week, Chris shares a different side of his love of sports – being a spectator. Find out below what some of his favourite kinds of sports to watch on television are and why…..
Handball always reminds me of my early days in hospitality where I would normally work weekends and have days off during the week. There was a distinct lack of good television throughout the day, but the sports channels always had interesting coverage of less popular sports. Eurosport was a regular pastime for me and I found it very enjoyable watching the quick and energetic game of handball. As a spectator sport I found handball really entertaining.
Handball used to be played outside and was known as field handball and it made its entry into the Olympics in Berlin in 1936. There are seven players on each team and there will be twelve teams competing in London 2012. The sport is played on a 40m long court and the goals are 3m wide by 2m high. There is a D shaped goal area in which only the goalkeeper is allowed and this makes the shots and saves very exciting to watch. The matches are normally full of goals and it really is an end to end sport, so from my experience, I would highly recommend a visit!
Handball for London 2012 will be held in either The Basket Ball Arena or the Copper Box, both of which are located in the Olympic Park. To travel to these venues from Flemings Hotel, walk to Green Park Underground station (3 minutes away), take the Jubilee line to Stratford Park and in 49 minutes you will have arrived, with just a short walk to go before your Olympic adventure begins!