November 18, 2014

BASEL, Switzerland (AP) Handball's governing body says Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates have changed plans and now want to play in the men's world championships in Qatar.

Bahrain and the UAE withdrew their teams this month in an apparent boycott to protest their Gulf neighbor's foreign policy supporting Islamic groups. The withdrawals left the International Handball Federation potentially needing to find two teams for the 24-nation event in January.

The IHF now says its member federations in Bahrain and UAE ''wish to cancel their withdrawal from their participation.''

No reason was given for the decision.

The IHF says its ruling council will deal with the issue Friday at a meeting in Herzogenaurach, Germany.

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