BELEK – ANTALYA, November 17, 2017 - IHF-President Dr. Hassan Moustafa welcomed on November 11 and 12 representatives of 158 Member Federations to the XXXVI Ordinary Election Congress of the International Handball Federation held at the Hotel Granada Luxury in Belek-Antalya, Turkey. With the agenda including elections for various positions within handball’s global governing body, Hassan Moustafa was re-elected after running unopposed for the position he has held since 2000.
The Congress had a full agenda including Reports, membership admissions and elections. Prior to the video-format President’s Report, Hassan Moustafa outlined some of handball’s most important achievements of the last two years since the last Congress in Sochi, Russia. These Report included the number of fans in attendance at the 25th IHF Men’s World Championship in January 2017 in France, reaching 540.000, the introduction of the Emerging Nations Championship, the growth of Europe’s qualification pool for the World Championships and Olympic Games from 36 countries to 48, and also the first U-17 Beach Handball World Championship held in Mauritius last summer.
Five new Member-Federations were also admitted by the Congress: Jamaica, Fiji, Timor-Leste (full membership), and Scotland and England (associated membership).
Elections: The vote for 1st Vice-President of the IHF saw a close race, with President of the French Handball Federation Joel Delplanque, voted in to replace Miguel Roca (ESP). Other notable elections included the appointing of two new members of the IHF-Executive Committee: 2005 World Championship silver medalist Narcisa Lecusanu and Frantisek Taborsky.
Dr. Hassan Moustafa, re-elected as IHF-President Foto: I H F
President: Dr. Hassan Moustafa (EGY);
1st Vice-President: Joel Delplanque (FRA);
Treasurer: Anna Rapp (SWE);
Executive Committee: Narcisa Lecusanu (ROU), Frantisek Taborsky (CZE), Chairperson of the Commission of Organising and Competition: Per Bertelsen (DEN), Chairperson of the Playing Rules and Referees Commission: Ramon Gallego (ESP), Chairperson of the Commission of Coaching and Methods: Dietrich Späte (GER), Chairperson of the Medical Commission: Dr. Francois Gnamian (CIV), Chairperson of the Commission for Development: Raquel Pedercini Marinho (CAN), Chairperson of the Arbitration Tribunal: Zoran Radojicic (MNE), Chairperson of the Arbitration Commission: Tomislav Grahovac (CRO), Chairperson of the Ethics Commission: Hussein Moustafa Fathy (EGY)
Alongside the elections, the agenda included the President’s Report, voting on motions submitted by Norway and Montenegro, and discussion of a potential splitting of the Pan American Team Handball Federation into two: the North America and the Caribbean Handball Confederation, and the South and Central America Handball Confederation.
Norway motioned that every IHF-body be comprised of members of both genders, was approved. And Norway also motioned that when changes to the Rules of the Game are approved by the Council, a minimum of three Member-Federations of different sports levels shall play under the modified rules for at least one season in order to test them before implementation.
Moustafa then shared the IHF program of activities for the coming four years, and the budget for 2018 and 2019 was presented and approved. The last item on the agenda was the awarding of Men’s and Women’s Youth and Junior World Championships. The 2020 IHF Women’s Junior-wWCh was awarded to Romania, while the 2021 Men’s Youth-mWCh was awarded to Greece. The 2021 Men's Junior-mWCh was awarded to Hungary. Russia - who had previously bid to host the 2019 IHF-Congress - withdrew and the awarding of this event will therefore be decided by the Council.
Global broadcast rights awarded to MP&Silva
In its first meeting of the newly-elected IHF-Council, held on November 12 in Belek, the Council reviewed the offers received regarding the global TV/media-rights for future, for the IHF-Men’s & Women’s World Championships. According to the decision of the Council, the IHF announced that negotiations on the global TV/media rights for the IHF Men’s and Women’s World Championships for the 2019 - 2025 period shall be initiated exclusively with MP&Silva.
Special IHF Award to Günter Pfeistlinger
The IHF-council and President Dr. Hassan Moustafa honored at the Election Congress of the International Handball Federation in November in Belek-Antalya (TUR) AIPS representative and Austrian sports journalist Günter Pfeistlinger (78, with a Special Award. Günter, who started his career in handball as a player in 1953, has been an AIPS member for 45 years, since the Olympic Games 1972. He has also been a member of AIPS Handball Commission for 40 years, and chairman of the commission for the last 25 years. During this period he has worked closely with the IHF Media Department and together with three IHF Presidents. Pfeistlinger will end his term as AIPS and IHF representative at the end of 2017, at the ext commission meeting around wWCh-Handball in December in Germany.