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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GAHA EXCO to visit family of the late Acquaye

Some Executives of the Greater Accra Handball Association (GAHA) would on Sunday 5th July, 2020 pay a solemn visit to the family of the late Saka Acquaye.

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2020 IHF WOMEN’S YOUTH (U18) WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

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The 2020 IHF Women’s Youth (U18) World Championship were scheduled to take place from 18 to 30 August in PR of China. 

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OPENING SYMPOSIUM TALKS FOCUS ON UNIQUE COACHING TACTICS AND KEY RULE GUIDELINES

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The opening session of the 1st IHF Live Online Symposium will be held this Friday and Saturday, featuring content specifically about coaching and refereeing – but of interest for all handball enthusiasts and those working in other areas of the sport as well. All subjects to be covered in the symposium have been carefully chosen to ensure relevance for all interested. 

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