Germany seeks to land first men’s EHF Euro with double bid

The German Handball Association (DHB) has said it will enter bids for the 2022 and 2024 European Men’s Handball Championship as it seeks to stage the event for the first time.

The DHB has submitted an initial letter of intent to the European Handball Federation (EHF) outlining a joint bid with Denmark and Switzerland for the 2022 Championship and a solo proposal for the 2024 event.

Germany will host the 2017 World Women’s Handball Championship from December 1-17 and co-host the men’s World Championship with Denmark in 2019, but it has never staged the EHF showpiece.

Andreas Michelmann, president of the DHB, said: “An EHF Euro is one of the most attractive formats with which we can offer handball in Germany a further high-quality platform.”

Detailed bid documents must be submitted to the EHF by November 1, with the governing body set to make a decision on the hosts in June 2018.

Euro 2018 in Croatia will be the last edition of the championship to be staged with 16 teams. Sweden, Austria and Norway will co-host a larger men’s championship in 2020.

The organisers of the men’s EHF Euro 2020 tournament will stage games across six different cities – Vienna and Graz in Austria, Trondheim in Norway, and in Sweden, Malmo, Gothenburg and Stockholm, which will host the final. The tournament will expand from 16 to 24 teams in 2020.