The International Handball Federation (IHF) has said five nations are vying to host its Women’s World Championship in 2021 and 2023, while it has confirmed that video technology will be introduced for France’s staging of the men’s event next year.
The bidders for the Women’s World Championship were disclosed following a meeting of the IHF Council and the IHF Executive Committee in Herzogenaurach, Germany. Hungary has entered bids for both events, while Spain is seeking hosting rights for the 2021 Championship only.
Hungary will face competition from Russia, along with a joint bid from Denmark and Norway, for the 2023 event. Denmark staged the most recent Women’s World Championship from December 5-20 last year, with Norway defeating the Netherlands 31-23 in the final. The event is due to be held by Germany and Japan in 2017 and 2019, respectively.
The 2021 and 2023 Women’s World Championships will be awarded during the next IHF Council meeting on the fringes of the 2017 Men’s World Championship in France. This event will run from January 11-29 and will now include the use of video technology for the first time at a major IHF tournament.
The IHF has been testing video refereeing technology, most notably at the 2016 Super Globe club competition, which was held in Doha, Qatar from September 5-8. In a statement, the IHF said German company Broadcast Solutions has been awarded a contract to implement video technology for France’s World Championship.