IHF awards hosting rights for Men’s World Championships

The International Handball Federation (IHF) has awarded its 2021 Men’s World Championship to Egypt, while the 2023 edition of the national team competition will be co-hosted by Poland and Sweden.

The decision was made at an IHF Council meeting in Sochi, Russia ahead of the federation’s annual congress. Following an initial bidding process, the IHF in April revealed two separate shortlists of three countries left in the running to stage either the 2021 or 2023 events. Poland and Hungary, which declared their interest in both events during the initial process, were included on the shortlist of potential hosts for both the 2021 and 2023 men’s championships.

Egypt was included alongside Poland and Hungary on the 2021 event shortlist, while Sweden, which declared its interest in both events, made the shortlist for the 2023 championship only. Qatar hosted the 2015 Men’s World Championship from January 15 to February 1, with France securing handball’s ‘triple crown’ by adding the world title to Olympic and European success. The event will head to France in 2017 before being co-hosted by Denmark and Germany in 2019.

In other event news, the IHF has decided that the 2018 Women’s Youth (U18) World Championship will be organised by Poland, while Hungary will host the 2018 Women’s Junior (U20) World Championship. The IHF Congress awarded the organising rights for the 2019 Men’s Youth (U19) World Championship to Macedonia, and the 2019 Men’s Junior (U20) World Championship to Spain.

The IHF Congress also voted in favour of granting full membership to seven federations in the shape of Kosovo, Nauru, Tonga, South Sudan, American Samoa, Palau and Equatorial Guinea. This brings the IHF’s membership up to 204 national federations from five continents.