Algeria’s coach: Our goal is to appear in our best form in Egypt 2021

The Algerian national team has booked its ticket for the 27th IHF Handball World Championship- Egypt 2021 after winning the bronze medal in the 2020 African Nations Cup which was held in Tunisia. They had also made 14 appearances in the World Championship where their best achievement was being ranked in the 13th place in the 2001 edition at France.

Algeria’s French coach Alain Portes, who took over the responsibility of the team in 2019, seeks to show the North African team in the best possible way, after their six-year absence from participating in the World Championship.

Portes talked to Egypt 2021 official website: “Of course, the next world championship will witness great competition, and during the past six years, Algeria did not qualify for the last two tournaments, so we want to show our best performance against the strong teams and we are happy with this opportunity.”

“The draw for the tournament is definitely difficult and it is clear that Portugal and Iceland are among the strongest teams , so we will fight against Morocco in the first match and then we will try to make a surprise in front of our other opponents.” Portes added

On his opinion of the current level of his team before competing next January, the Algerian coach said: “We acheived the bronze medal in the last African Nations Cup and that was good and we wanted to complete the team building in the last period, but the Corona pandemic crisis made us waste a lot of time and I am not sure were we are today. “

The French coach has a clear strategy in the World Championship that he spoke of: “I think I will rely on the experienced players by connecting them to young players with high potentials and who will learn a lot in this tournament,” Portes explained.

Regarding the preparations and the preparatory program several months before the world championship, he said: “We will start training with local players in Algeria and then play international friendly matches abroad in Tunisia and Poland, and during the international break we will gather professional players and prepare well in order to increase the team’s chemistry and harmony when they play together “

Portes has a clear goal in the Egypt 2021 World Championship, as he revealed: “We will try to qualify for the second round, and if this is not possible we will strive to get the best possible ranking place, so let’s not forget that Algeria finished last in its 2015 appearance”.

On Egypt’s organisation of the next tournament with the participation of 32 teams for the first time in the history in light of the emerging Corona virus crisis, the French coach praised the preparations and the organisational aspect and said: “I trust the Egyptians as they know how to organise major competitions. I had an experience with the Tunisian national team in the 2010 edition in Egypt and it was ideal, I know that the Egyptians will organise the upcoming World Championship seriously and professionally.” He admitted.

Alain Portes has a message for the fans of Algeria before the World Championship, where he commented: “We will prepare ourselves as best as we can to give Algeria a positive image in front of the world, The players are very enthusiastic and know their big responsibility towards the Algerian people , so let us trust and support them.” He concluded.

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Egypt 2021 Match Schedule released

The IHF has revealed the match schedule of the 27th IHF Men’s Handball World Championship, Egypt 2021.

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SQUAD NUMBER REGULATION MODIFIED FOR EGYPT 2021

Squad number regulation modified for Egypt 2021
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Based on the recommendation of the IHF COVID-19 Medical Task Force, the IHF Council has decided to increase the number of players allowed per team at the 27th IHF Men’s World Championship to be held in Egypt in January 2021. 

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EGYPT 2021 THROW-OFF TIMES CONFIRMED

Egypt 2021 throw-off times confirmed

The throw-off times for all 108 matches of the 2021 IHF Men’s World Championship, which will take place in Egypt from 13 to 31 January 2021, have been confirmed.

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Burial Arrangements for late Saka Acquaye Announced

The burial arrangements for the late Saka Acquaye (Fishey) has been announced.

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IHF PRESENTS 1ST CHILDREN’S HANDBALL WEEK AS SECOND VIRTUAL ACADEMY PROGRAMME

Following the successful introduction of the IHF Virtual Academy by way of the 1st IHF Live Online Symposium, the IHF is proud to introduce the second programme forming part of the Virtual Academy: the 1st IHF Children’s Handball Week, running from 17 to 22 August. 

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A REFRESHED LOGO FOR THE IHF

A refreshed logo for the IHF

To celebrate the start of the inaugural ‘International Handball Week’, the International Handball Federation (IHF) is proud to unveil a refreshed and updated logo.

In order to stay relevant in the global sporting market and to appeal to a modern audience, the previous IHF logo has been modernised with a sleek, minimalist look suitable for, and responsive to, the digital age.

Like the IHF itself, the logo features handball at its core. A full shaded ball comes to life with its white lines marked in negative with the circular element not only symbolising the sport, but a globe, acknowledging the role the IHF has as its global governing body.

Across the ball, dynamic, curved lines signify the movement of the sport both as a dynamic sport in itself and with the responsibility of the IHF to move the sport forward continually, growing it globally.IHF Logo

The ‘IHF’ lettering has risen from the previous logo, with enlarged vertical form letters placed over the handball/globe, symbolising the IHF’s role as a one federation uniting and caring for all its Member Federations and Confederations, all of whom are joined together through their love of the sport, shared ideals and common purpose.

Finishing off the design elements are the colours. While the IHF lettering continues in the traditional contrast of blue and white, refreshed for a modern palette, the ball, globe and movement are in gold, signifying the historic prestige and the IHF’s rich traditions.

Altogether, the colour adaptations allow the IHF more flexibility with their identity in the future and will help to make use of more modern design needs and requests.

In addition to the new, refreshed logo, which will be gradually implemented everywhere over the next few weeks, the IHF will launch an expanded branding package and identity, covering all IHF events, activities and resources, later this year. 
 Logo mock-ups

Source: IHF

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EGYPT 2021 WILD CARDS AWARDED TO POLAND AND RUSSIA

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Upon recommendation from the IHF Executive Committee, the IHF Council has decided that the two Wild Cards available for the 2021 IHF Men’s World Championship in Egypt will be awarded to Poland and Russia. 

In accordance with the Regulations for IHF Competitions, one Wild Card shall be awarded for IHF senior events. In addition, no representative from Oceania ranked fifth or higher at the Asian qualification and therefore, in accordance with Article 2.3 of the Regulations for IHF Competitions, this place is awarded as a free wild card.

The IHF received several Wild Card requests from federations. The general development of handball in the country concerned, the effects such a Wild Card would have on the global handball development and on strengthening the IHF flagship events, but also economic reasons, especially in times of COVID-19, have been taken into consideration in the decision-making process. 

After analysing the situation, including pros and cons of the different nations, the IHF Council decided to award the Wild Cards to the National Federations of Poland and Russia.

2021 IHF Men’s World Championship

From 13 to 31 January 2021, 32 teams will fight for glory at the 27th IHF Men’s World Championship in Egypt. With the awarding of the two Wild Cards, 30 teams have qualified for the event:

Hosts: Egypt (EGY)
Reigning world champions: Denmark (DEN)
Africa: Algeria (ALG), Angola (ANG), Cape Verde (CPV), DR Congo (COD), Morocco (MAR), Tunisia (TUN)
Asia: Bahrain (BRN), Japan (JPN), Qatar (QAT), Republic of Korea (KOR)
Europe: Austria (AUT), Belarus (BLR), Croatia (CRO), Czech Republic (CZE), France (FRA), Germany (GER), Hungary (HUN), Iceland (ISL), Norway (NOR), Portugal (POR), Spain (ESP), Slovenia (SLO), Sweden (SWE)
South and Central America: Argentina (ARG), Brazil (BRA), Uruguay (URU)
Wild Card: Poland (POL), Russia (RUS)

The two remaining teams will be determined at the qualification events of the North America and the Caribbean Handball Confederation and the South and Central American Handball Confederation. 

Source: IHF

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QATAR TO RESUME HANDBALL SEASON

After a series of remote, virtual meetings and consultations with the Qatar Olympic Committee, the Qatar Handball Association (QHA) has announced that they will complete all remaining competitions after the 2019-20 season was postponed due to the global COVID-19 outbreak.

Starting from 10 September, and under strict precautionary measures, the league championship will be first to restart after it had been postponed after just a handful of rounds. This will be followed by the Qatar Cup and then Prince’s Cup.

“Everything in the returning competitions will be subject to all the precautionary measures for the safety of all,” said QHA Secretary General Al Mulla. “The league championship will be completed in the same order of matches according to the schedule previously set for the championship.”

One interested party will be Al Rayyan Sports Club, who have announced the appointment of the experienced North Macedonian coach Zvonko Sundovski.

Sundovski has coached at a variety of clubs, including RK Pelister and RK Metalurg Skopje in North Macedonia, plus HCM Constanta, CSM Bucuresti and HC Dobrogea Sud in Romania. He also led the Macedonian men’s national team to fifth place at the 2012 Men’s EHF European Championship in Serbia and has also coached the Israeli national team.

Already, the 2012 Macedonian Coach of the Year has made some additions to his squad, signing Qatar international Eldar Memisevic and Ukrainian Vladislav Ostroushko. Rival Qatari club side Al-Arabi, coached by Rafael Guijosa, have signed Serbian international Darko Stevanovic.

The QHA also announced that its men’s team will begin their preparations for the 2021 IHF Men’s World Championship in Egypt in mid-October, following the completion of the Qatari league championship.

For more information about the Qatar Handball Association, visit their official website at www.qatarhandball.com.

Source: Qatar Handball Association

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GAHA Visit family of the late Acquaye

The Greater Accra Handball Association has today, Sunday 5th July, 2020 paid a solemn visit to the family of the late Saka Acquaye here in Accra, Kaneshie.

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