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Date: 3/5/2018
 

The Chairman of the IHF Beach Handball Working Group, Giampiero Masi (ITA), recently visited Kazan, Russia, to carry out an inspection ahead of the 2018 IHF Men’s and Women’s Beach Handball World Championships which will take place in the Tatarstan capital from 24-29 July.

 

Masi was accompanied on his inspection by representatives of the Russian Handball Federation including Lev Voronin (Director General), Elena Korneeva (Head of International Relations) and Alina Antipova (Event Manager).

 

While in Kazan, Masi also met with the First Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Youth and Sports of the Republic of Tatarstan and the Secretary General of the Directorate for Sport and Social Projects.

 

Masi discussed many different points during his inspection with the local organising committee (LOC), including logistical matters for teams, visa procedures, playing sand, volunteers, technical staff, accreditation, opening and closing ceremonies, medals, trophies, awards, final banquet, marketing, TV rights and live streaming, training, transport and hotels for teams and IHF officials.

 

The Kazan 2018 LOC confirmed that the logo, website and initial editorial content is currently being prepared and will be launched soon.

 

It was also confirmed that the draw event, which will be streamed live online, will take place in mid-May, followed the next day, by a tournament workshop with members of the IHF Beach Handball Working Group.

 

The venue for the World Championships will be within the Kazan Water Sports Centre, 15 minutes from the city centre by car and next to the Kazan Arena, which will host Preliminary Round, Last 16 and Quarter-Finals games of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in June and July.

 

The Kazan Water Sports Centre is used to hosting high-level beach volleyball and the main court, which can be floodlit, has capacity for more than 2,500 people with secondary courts able to accommodate up to 200 spectators – three courts will be used in total for matches and training, with test matches set to take place on 21 and 22 July.

 

With Africa and Pan America being the only two continents yet to have teams qualified – the Pan American Beach Handball Championships take place in the USA from 8-11 March – we now know 20 of the 32 teams who will be in Kazan.

 

Already qualified in the men’s competition are: RUS, CRO, QAT, OMA, IRI, VIE, AUS, ESP, HUN and SWE, while RUS, ESP, THA, VIE, TPE, AUS, NOR, POL, DEN and GRE feature in the women’s competition.

 

Croatia are current men’s title holders, while Spain claimed World Championship gold in the last women’s competition.

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    Hossam Elsayed 09 May 2018

    Egyptian referee

    I`d like to contact the chairman of IHF beach handball regarding an important issue related to beach handball in africa I`am an egyptian referee