Hamburg to the fore as DHB outlines 2017 Women’s World Championship plan

The German Handball Federation (DHB) has announced that six cities will host its staging of the 2017 Women’s World Championship, with 2024 Olympic Games bid city Hamburg pencilled in for the finale of the competition.

The DHB has proposed to the International Handball Federation (IHF) that Hamburg, Leipzig, Magdeburg, Bietigheim-Bissingen, Trier and Oldenburg will stage games, with the global governing body set to undertake an inspection of venues in February ahead of final confirmation.

Hamburg is competing against rival bids from Budapest, Los Angeles, Paris and Rome for the right to stage the 2024 summer Games and faces a crucial referendum over whether its proposal will proceed on Sunday. The DHB said Hamburg will stage the semi-finals and medal games of the 2017 World Championships at the 12,500-seat Barclaycard Arena.

It also outlined that the German national team’s group games and potential quarter-final would be held in Leipzig, with the first knockout game held in Magdeburg.

Andreas Michelmann DHB president and head of the World Championships organising committee, said: “The Women's World Championships will be a brilliant event for the entire sport of handball. With this tournament we will start a big year of handball, which lasts until January 2019 when we host the men's World Championships, along with Denmark. It is our common task to build on the success of these tournaments for the future of handball and to create the basis for further progress in the 2020s.”

Hamburg Interior and Sport Senator Michael Neumann added: “By hosting these games we will be able to demonstrate that Hamburg is the ideal location for hosting major sporting events. Hamburg is a handball stronghold, and in the Barclaycard Arena the qualified teams as well as officials, media representatives and handball fans will find perfect conditions.”

Germany’s Women’s World Championships will take place from December 1-17, 2017. Germany, which previously hosted the Women’s World Championship in 1965 and 1997, was the only candidate for the 2017 event and was awarded staging rights by the IHF in December 2011.