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Date: 8/7/2017
 

Earlier this evening IHF President Dr. Hassan Moustafa welcomed all 16 team delegations to Georgia for the 2017 IHF Men’s Youth World Championship at the pre-competition technical meeting, held at the IHF hotel, the Radisson Blu Iveria.

The IHF Technical Meeting covers all organisational matters for the competition ahead and involves all IHF officials and delegates along with team delegations and guides.

“Welcome to Georgia - we are very happy to see you here,” said Dr. Moustafa in his opening address. “This is a very important event for us, and for the handball future, as it will show us where handball is going over the next 15 years.

“I have to give my gratitude in the name of the IHF, to the Georgia National Handball Association who have already done a very good job, so thank-you. 

“I would also like to wish very good luck to all the teams,” he continued. “We are the handball family and we will help each other by working together.”

“Welcome all of you to Georgia,” said Georgian National Handball Association President Zurab Kakabadze, following Dr. Moustafa. “We have worked very hard to have everything in place for this event and it is a big honour for us to have you and this tournament here.”

The meeting also sees teams nominate their final 16-man squad for the tournament with all players receiving passport checks to confirm their eligibility to play. The minimum age to participate at Georgia 2017 is 15 years old and the maximum is 19 years old (not exceeding this age in the year of the world championship).

Teams are allowed to nominate just 15 players with the option of registering another playing during the championship and Brazil, Japan and Korea took this option, naming 15 players in their initial squads.

Following a proposal from the IHF Commission of Organising and Competitions (COC) and confirmed by the IHF Council in France in January, teams may now replace a maximum of three players in their squad during the competition (taken from the original 28-name provisional list submitted one month before). This change is aimed to adapt to the needs of teams in a tournament setting.

The previous maximum replacement number allowed was two and the 2017 IHF Men’s Junior World Championship held last month in Algeria was the first IHF tournament to allow three replacements.

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