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Date: 1/26/2013

On the fringes of the final weekend of the Men’s World Championship in Spain, the IHF Council held their ordinary meeting on Saturday (26 January) in Barcelona.  Of course, the current competition – with only two decisive medal matches to come – was in focus. Juan De Dios, President of the Spanish Handball Federation, gave an overview of the World Championship and thanked the IHF for their cooperation.


After several continental Election Congresses the composition of the IHF Council has changed, the new members Mario Moccia (Argentina), Charles Omboumahou (Congo) and Arne Elovsson (Sweden) were introduced and confirmed the code of conduct for IHF Council Members.

IHF President Dr. Hassan Moustafa gave an overview of his activities since the last Council meeting, and the Chairmen of the IHF Commissions presented their activities.


The Medical Commission presented a new task, as all IHF referees will need a medical certificate in future. Leon Kalin, Chairman of the Commission of Organizing and Competitions, gave a status report on the upcoming IHF competitions.


In addition a delegation of the Qatar Handball Association presented the four arenas for the 2015 Men’s World Championship: Lusail Multipurpose Hall, Al Sadd Multipurpose Hall, Al Gharafa Multipurpose Hall and Aspire Dome Indoor Arena.

The IHF Council also confirmed a request by Qatar Handball Association to postpone the 2013 IHF Election Congress in Doha for one week due to the Islamic feast Aid al Adha.