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Date: 3/16/2017
 

On 16 March 2017, the International Handball Federation, represented by IHF President Dr Hassan Moustafa, welcomed Fredrik Rapp, President of the Swedish Handball Federation (SHF), and SHF Vice-President Jörgen Holmqvist to the IHF Head Office in Basle, Switzerland.

 

After IHF President Dr Hassan Moustafa opened the meeting Rapp, who became SHF President in 2016 after Hans Vestberg stepped down to assume his position as President of the Swedish National Olympic Committee, presented the Swedish Handball Federation, the challenges and visions of the federation and the national teams.

 

After ice hockey and football, handball is the third most popular sport in Sweden, a position which they are keen to keep. “Handball has a good position in Sweden. Like in Norway and in Denmark. It’s a traditional sport,” said the SHF President. However, they are facing the challenge all sports face in Sweden: “We lose a lot of people, who leave the sport, said Rapp. That is one of the biggest challenges the federation has to deal with and the focus is thus on keeping the players and referees.

 

On the agenda were also the championships in Sweden where past events were evaluated with the emphasis being put on the success of the Women’s EHF EURO 2016 in particular.

 

Afterwards it was discussed how Sweden could contribute to the development of handball and at the same time how the IHF can support the SHF in their efforts. In this context, the IHF President pointed out that the IHF is working on several big projects in China, the USA and India.

 

 

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