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Date: 5/4/2017
 

The IHF, represented by Per Bertelsen, Caretaker Chairman of the IHF Commission of Organising and Competitions (COC) and Patric Strub, IHF Competitions Director, recently carried out site inspections for the 2019 IHF Women’s World Championship and 2020 Olympic Games in Japan.

 

The purpose of all pre-tournament inspections – at any IHF competition, from youth level up to Olympic Games and senior world championships – is to inspect playing venues, accommodation and training facilities and to liaise with the local organising committee to discuss how the planning and preparation is progressing, ensuring the full requirements of the IHF are understood to enable the very best competition for athletes, coaches, delegations, fans and those watching around the world at all levels.

 

2020 Olympic Games – Tokyo

Just over three years before the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, the IHF delegation visited Tokyo to inspect the Yoyogi National Stadium – the venue for handball at Tokyo 2020.

 

Yoyogi was built for the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo and quickly became an architectural icon for its distinctive design, by one of Japan’s most famous modernist architects, Kenzo Tange.

 

The stadium sits in what is called the ‘Heritage Zone’, an area comprising of numerous buildings from the 1964 Games that Tokyo will refresh and reuse for 2020.

 

A ‘Tokyo Bay Zone’ is the second of the two zones in the city which will host the first Olympic Games influenced by the Olympic Agenda 2020, meaning that Tokyo 2020’s venues will not all be held together in a park or cluster, but distributed around the city.

 

JHA President Yoshihide Watanabe, who is also Asia Representative on the IHF Council, joined the delegation too and along with Tokyo 2020, will form part of the trio of involved parties in handball at Tokyo 2020 – the IHF, JHA and Tokyo 2020/Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (TOCOG).

 

The delegation visited both halls at Yoyogi National Stadium, various accommodation locations, Minato City Sports Centre and Shinagawa City General Gymnasium training venues and the proposed ‘Fan Zone’ for the handball arena at Games time. In addition to the site visits, various meetings took place where the IHF delegation could view detailed models of the finished arena and had the opportunity to discuss competition schedules, various procedures, timeframes, test event planning and sports equipment.

 

For more information on Tokyo 2020, please visit: www.tokyo2020.jp

 

2019 IHF Women’s World Championship

Following the Tokyo 2020 inspection, the IHF delegation stayed in Japan and headed south of Tokyo to conduct a site inspection ahead of the 2019 IHF Women’s World Championship to be held in Kumamoto Prefecture on the island of Kyushu.

 

The competition is set to be the second IHF World Championship to be held in the region, after the 1997 IHF Men’s World Championship and will be organised by the local government and regional handball federation, overseen by the JHA – the contracted partner of the IHF for championship.

 

Kumamoto City, the capital of the prefecture has 700,000 inhabitants, half of the 1.4 million people living in the region and is also set be a host venue for the 2019 IRB Rugby World Cup.

 

The 1997 IHF Men’s World Championship holds fond memories for many people in the Kumamoto region.  Since then, handball has evolved and developed considerably in a global sense and everyone involved for the 2019 championships will be looking forward to experiencing another worldwide handball event in the region.

 

During the visit, several venues as well as a variety of accommodation were visited.

 

 

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