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Date: 11/8/2015

Federations in attendance at the Extraordinary Congress of the International Handball Federation today voted on 22 motions submitted by the IHF Council and members. The Extraordinary Congress was convened after no motions were submitted before the deadline for the Ordinary Congress, prompting the IHF to extend the deadline in order to provide member federations with an additional opportunity to participate in the continued development of IHF Statutes and Regulations. 

The IHF began with their motions to the Congress, all of which were voted in with majority, including the motion for the Council and Executive Committee to have the right to make motions to continental federations. The motion for players to be registered with a maximum of three clubs per season was also approved by the Congress. 

The motions from the member federations were presented next, with motions from Iceland, Norway and Egypt. One of the most heavily debated topics was the motion from Iceland to remove the right of the Council to dismiss a team qualified for an IHF World Championship, which was rejected by the Congress. 

Norway motioned for the IHF to present all member federations with a written report of their activities for the period preceding each Congress three months prior to the event, but then revised their motion to one month. The Council was in favour of the revised time period and the Congress unanimously approved the motion. 

Another topic of discussion was the motion to restrict the changing of player nationality after the age of 21, and to limit the number of foreign-born players in national teams. The motion was rejected by the Congress. 

The Egyptian Handball Federation made several motions relating to player release, suspensions, and contracts, all of which were rejected by the Congress. 

Following the voting on motions the Congress welcomed President of the Oceania Continent Handball Federation, Ricardo Blas to the podium, who spoke about the challenges facing the region. 

IHF President Dr Hassan Moustafa and President of the Handball Federation of Russia Mr Sergey Shishkarev then closed the Congress. 

“It was a pleasure to meet you all here. We hope the city that hosted you will be one you want to visit again,” said Mr Shishkarev. 

“In the name of all of you, I give our gratitude to Russian Handball. Thank you for inviting us. You organised an excellent Congress,” said Dr Moustafa. “If we work all together in the same direction handball will be number one. Thank you so much, good luck and we will be in touch.”