New host city added for EHF Women’s Euro 2020

The European Handball Federation (EHF) has approved the addition of a further host city for its Women’s Euro 2020 competition, which will be held in Denmark and Norway.

The organising committee of the event had requested that the EHF Executive Committee extend the schedule and add an additional host city for the competition and this has now been approved.

As a result, Frederikshavn will serve as a preliminary round host city, joining Trondheim in Norway, which will host two preliminary round groups.

Frederikshavn joins Herning as a Danish host. Herning will host one main round group together with the Norwegian city of Stavanger, with the final weekend to be played at the 12,000-seat Telenor Arena in Oslo.

The competition will also start a day earlier than originally planned, on December 3, 2020. The event will run until December 20 and include an additional rest day between the preliminary and main rounds on December 9.

Meanwhile, the EHF has provisionally awarded Lithuania, Italy and Turkey hosting rights to Group 1, 3 and 4 qualifiers for the Men’s World Championship in 2021. The countries have until September 2 to inform the EHF whether or not they will take up the right to organise their group’s qualification tournament.

Should the countries turn down the opportunity, the organising right will drop to teams in Row 4, then Row 3, then Row 2 of the draw.

The qualification tournaments can be played between October 25-27, January 3-5, or January 10-12. Qualification Group 2, comprising Israel, Greece, Finland and Cyprus, will play home and away matches instead of a tournament, with the first fixtures to be played on October 23.

The 2021 Men’s World Championship will be held in Egypt.