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Date: 11/7/2015
 

The IHF Congress 2015 agenda began with the roll call and determination of the number of votes, member’s suspension, and the adoption of the minutes of the preceding Congress before IHF President Doctor Hassan Moustafa presented his report. 

In the last two years Doctor Moustafa has led the continued work to increase the attractiveness of the IHF World Championship, visited 40 countries at various stages of development, and implemented several new concepts to encourage growth around the world. The report featured several innovative announcements, including the first presentation of Molten’s resin-free ball and the IHF Education Centre. 

The report began with a film detailing IHF activities over the past two years including the six successful IHF World Championships – Youth, Junior and senior for both genders – since 2013, with a particular focus on the events organised on the fringe of Qatar 2015 including education week; the new partnership with BeIN Sports; the 2014 and 2015 IHF Super Globes; anti-doping controls; developments in beach handball including the inclusion of the sport at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games; the New Markets project including the introduction of the IHF Emerging Nations Tournament; and the IHF Trophy. 

Following the video the Congress was presented with the concept for the in-development IHF Education Centre, which will be a global, interactive online learning platform for the worldwide education of important target groups: coaches, referees, players, teachers and delegates. The service platform will include learning materials, videos, live, interactive streaming sessions with IHF experts, a library of information and an e-learning system. 

The next item on the agenda was the signing of the contract between the IHF and Shanghai University to create a handball academy designed to target development in China, followed by a presentation from new member the Kosovo Handball Federation reporting on the successful 2015 IHF Emerging Nations Championship. 

The focus then turned to the future, with a presentation from the Director of the 2017 IHF Men’s World Championship Organising Committee Edouard Donnelly. The slogan for France 2017 is ‘Phenomenal Handball’, and Donnelly said their goal is to create one of the most exciting IHF World Championship events ever. 

“We want to have 18 days of celebrating handball, and celebrating sport,” Donnelly informed the Congress. 

The concept for the championship was outlined and includes a new ticketing system with one ticket per game at reduced prices as oppose to the traditional format of session tickets, as well as a ‘follow your team’ package which will allow fans to attend all matches of their respective team and have their money reimbursed if their team is eliminated. 

A dedicated legal entity has been created to focus solely on the championship, and promotion has already begun with three social media platforms and the official website up and running. Next April a tour of 24 regions in France will begin, to promote the championship not only in the eight host cities but 16 other metropolis in order to generate further interest. 

Following the President’s Report the Congress heard the Financial and Auditor’s Report, voted in favour of granting full membership to seven new federations, accepted the proposed rule changes and the 2016-2017 budget and awarded the 2018 and 2019 Youth and Junior World Championships. The 2018 IHF Women’s Youth (U18) World Championship will be organised by Poland, and Hungary will host the 2018 IHF Women’s Junior (U20) World Championship. The Congress awarded the organising rights for the 2019 IHF Men’s Youth (U19) World Championship to Macedonia, and the 2019 IHF Men’s Junior (U20) World Championship to Spain. 

The final item on the agenda on 7 November was voting to schedule the host of the IHF Congress 2017, which was won by Sydney, Australia. 

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