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Date: 11/1/2018

The International Handball Federation and the whole handball family mourn the passing of Kjartan K. Steinbach, former Playing Rules and Referees Commission (PRC) Chairman, who has died at the age of 68.


Steinbach was Chairman of the IHF PRC from 1996-2004, and in 2004 the IHF awarded him the title of Honorary Member in recognition of his efforts and work in the PRC Chairmanship.


Steinbach started his sporting career playing both handball and football before turning to refereeing handball at a young age, eventually becoming an international delegate where he officiated over 140 national and club games and went on to serve as an Icelandic Handball Federation (HSI) board member, Vice-President and Chairman of the HSI Refereeing Committee.


His efforts were later recognised when he was awarded with some of the highest honours from both the HSI and National Olympic and Sports Association of Iceland.


He also made a real impact in his own continent, Europe, with the European Handball Federation (EHF), where he was a delegate from 1994-2012.


 Kjartan will be remembered for his positive and professional attitude towards the game, both at home and abroad, said Róbert Geir Gíslason, Secretary General of the Icelandic Handball Federation. With heartfelt sympathy, the Icelandic Handball Federation thanks Kjartan for his contribution and sends condolences to his wife and family.


On behalf of the International Handball Federation, IHF President Dr Hassan Moustafa would like to convey his deepest condolences to the family and friends of Kjartan Steinbach and the Icelandic Handball Federation in this difficult time.