Pan American Team Handball Federation contests IHF’s efforts to split organisation

The Pan American Team Handball Federation (PATHF) has lodged an appeal with the International Handball Federation’s (IHF) Arbitration Commission over the proposal by the world governing body to split it into two separate organisations.

The appeal has been revealed by Spanish news agency EFE, which has claimed access to the documents in question. News of the plans to revamp the sport’s governance in the Americas was first revealed in November as Hassan Moustafa was re-elected as president of the IHF.

The 73-year-old Egyptian has led the IHF since 2000 and was re-elected unopposed for a fresh term through to 2021 at the governing body’s ordinary congress in Antalya, Turkey. Moustafa used the congress to put forward a motion to split the PATHF into the North America and the Caribbean Handball Confederation, and the South and Central America Handball Confederation.

However, the PATHF has now moved to overturn the decision with the appeal stating it was taken “irregularly” and “contrary to the statutes”. PATHF president Mario Moccia said that the body’s members are firmly against the proposal.

The PATHF has requested that the IHF Arbitration Commission nullifies the decisions and that the minutes of November’s meeting are published.

At the time, 10 key points were laid out to support the move, which included financial savings and a reduction in logistical demands through reduced travel demands for tournaments in the region. The IHF had said: “North America is the key market for receiving status and income related to the Olympic Games. 

“A development in North America will strengthen the position of handball in the IOC (International Olympic Committee) and at the Olympic Games and will guarantee that handball stays on the Olympic Programme and that beach handball can be added as a discipline.”

It was decided that the IHF Council would take the final decision on this motion.