Spain lands 2021 IHF Women’s World Championship, 2023 event set for pan-Nordic first

The International Handball Federation (IHF) has awarded hosting rights for its 2021 Women’s World Championships to Spain, while the 2023 event will set a first as it will be co-hosted by Denmark, Norway and Sweden.

The appointments were made on Saturday as the IHF Council met on the sidelines of the 2017 Men’s World Championship, which drew to a close in France yesterday (Sunday).

Spain has never hosted the Women’s World Championship, but organised the men’s event in 2013. For Denmark, Norway and Sweden, the three-way joint bid is a first for an IHF World Championship, though each country has staged several major men’s and women’s events.

Denmark hosted the Women’s World Championship in 2015, while Norway organised the 1993 edition, and the two nations co-hosted the 1999 tournament. Denmark also organised the 1978 Men’s World Championship, and Sweden has hosted the men’s event on four occasions – in 1954, 1967, 1993 and 2011.

In November, the IHF said that five nations were vying to host the Women’s World Championship in 2021 and 2023. Hungary had entered bids for both events, while Spain was seeking hosting rights for the 2021 Championship only. Russia also entered a bid for the 2023 event.

Denmark’s staging of the 2015 Women’s World Championship saw Norway defeat the Netherlands 31-23 in the final. This year’s event is due to be held by Germany from December 1-17, before travelling to Japan in 2019.