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Bidders outlined for European Handball Championships

Eleven nations have submitted bids to host the European Handball Federation’s European Championships in 2022 and 2024, with several countries having teamed up on joint proposals.

The men’s EHF Euro 2022 has received three bids, with proposals from Belgium, Spain and France; Denmark and Switzerland; and Hungary and Slovakia having been submitted.

Denmark and Switzerland have also submitted a joint bid for the 2024 men’s event, as have Hungary and Slovakia. A third bid for this tournament has been placed by Germany.

The women’s EHF Euro 2022 has received one bid, from Slovenia, FYR Macedonia and Montenegro. So far, no bids have been placed for the 2024 edition of the women’s event.

Following a first evaluation, the EHF Executive Committee will approve the applications at its meeting on December 15, with site inspections to take place early next year. The Executive Committee will confirm the bids in March before the host nations are announced at the EHF Congress in Glasgow, Scotland in June.

The men’s EHF Euro 2022 is scheduled to take place from January 14-30, with the women’s event lined up for November 4-20. The 2024 men’s event is due to run from January 12-28, with the women’s tournament planned for November 29 to December 15.

The men’s European Championships were last held in Poland in 2016, with Germany defeating Spain 24-17 in the final. The 2018 event is scheduled for Croatia, while the 2020 tournament will be co-hosted by Austria, Norway and Sweden.

Norway won the most recent edition of the women’s tournament, which was staged last year in Sweden. The 2018 event will be held in France, with the 2020 tournament to be jointly staged by Denmark and Norway.