KOLKATA: The Bhilai-based National Handball Academy (NHA) and Madhya Pradesh made it to the quarterfinals of the 38th senior National men’s handball championship here on Friday.

NHA beat Karnataka by 32 goals to 25 while MP defeated Assam by 37-30.

Both NHA and MP will figure in the Upper Pool in the next Nationals while Karnataka and Assam, who had finished last in the upper pool groups, and figured in pre-quarterfinal play-off, will be relegated to the lower pool next year.

Earlier, Bengal, Services Delhi (group A) and Punjab, Chhattisgarh and Haryana (group B) qualified for the quarterfinals, beginning Saturday.

The results: Pre-quarterfinals: NHA bt Karnataka 32-25; MP bt Assam 37-30.

Qualifying round: NHA bt J & K 32-13; MP bt Uttarakhand 28-20.

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