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Date: 9/12/2014

The IHF Super Globe 2014 was more than a usual tournament. It was a test event for the upcoming Men’s World Championship, taking place in January 2015. For that reason a main topic was the status of preparations for 2015.

IHF President Dr Hassan Moustafa praised the efforts and achievements of the Qatari Emir, HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani for sports in general and handball in particular: “His full support will guarantee that the 2015 World Championship will be a success, making Qatar the best host ever of a World Championship.”

Several meetings between the 2015 Organizing Committee and representatives of the IHF took place on the fringes of the Super Globe, including inspections of the newly built arenas. Moustafa praised the role of Qatar in sports: “Qatar plays an important role in the world of sports. Many World Championships are scheduled to take place in Qatar and I would like to wish all the success for the future.” 

The 2015 Men’s World Championship will be played in three venues – all of them are completely new. Beside the two arenas Al-Sadd Multi-Purpose Hall with a capacity of 7800 spectators and the big Lusail Arena with a capacity of 17.000 spectators, the third arena has passed its test event. The Qatar Handball Association Complex was the event arena for the Super Globe and the participants were impressed about the new building. IHF President Dr Hassan Moustafa made a positive conclusion about the status of the ongoing preparations of the different commissions, which had presented their efforts during the last days.

Pointing on the Super Globe, Dr Moustafa is highly satisfied with the outcome of the tournament, which is played in Doha since 2010, especially with regard to the development of handball in Qatar: “The IHF Super Globe is a big success and developed the Qatar team’s performance. I am glad to see that the Super Globe has helped Qatar. Now they can see the first results of their efforts. With the national team and – we saw it here – with the club teams too.”