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Date: 12/22/2013

The International Handball Federation and the Serbian Handball Federation have announced the major facts and figures of the Women’s World Championship in Serbia in a closing press conference on Sunday (22 December) in Belgrade, prior to the medal matches of the competition. Additionally the IHF announced new and extended marketing contracts.


The IHF was represented by President Dr. Hassan Moustafa, Executive Committee Members Sandi Sola and Joel Delplanque and Leon Kalin, Chairman of the Commission for Organization and Competition. The Serbian Handball Federation was represented by Velimir Marjanovic, President, and Bozidar Djurkovic, Head of the Organizing Committee of the Women’s World Championship.



IHF facts and figures:

TV coverage:

The matches of the Women’s World Championship in Serbia were broadcasted in 140 countries by more than 30 TV stations including internationally known main broadcasting partners from key handball markets, like TV2 Denmark, TV2 Norway, Canal plus, DR Denmark, Sport 1 or Al Jazeera.


Internet live streaming:

All matches were broadcasted as live internet streams on http://www.livesport.tv


IHF Anti-Doping Unit:

Doping controls were taken at all stages of the competition in close cooperation of Prof. Hosny Abdelrahman (head of IHF Anti-Doping Unit) and the Serbian National Anti-Doping Agency. Before the final day 64 in-competition samples and additionally 12 blood samples were taken – all results are negative so far.



16 referee couples from four continents had been nominated for this event. The average age of the nominated referees in Serbia was 33.8 years.

All nominated referees are under permanent IHF training, some in separate courses or in the Global Referee Training Program (GRTP). By now, the IHF has not received any formal protest regarding the referee performances in this World Championship.



More than 450 media representatives (TV commentators, written press, photographers, radio, internet media) were accredited.



IHF Marketing announcements:

Al Jazeera new IHF TV rights partner

The International Handball Federation announced the new partner for global TV media rights for the Men’s and Women’s World Championships 2015 and 2017 (including the TV production): As decided by the IHF Council Al-Jazeera is the new IHF TV rights partner for the abovementioned period.


Gerflor extends partnership until 2017

IHF President Dr Hassan Moustafa and Lionel Arlin (Gerflor) signed the new contract of the IHF/Gerflor partnership during the closing press conference in Belgrade.

Thanks to its partnership with the IHF since 2009, Gerflor is the exclusive supplier for all official IHF competitions. Gerflor and IHF are proud to announce a new partnership for 2014-2017. Gerflor will be once again the official supplier of all IHF World Championships for the next four years. Gerflor, through IHF agreements, supplied courts for Handball tournaments during the Olympic Games in London in 2012 and will supply courts for the handball tournaments in Rio in 2016.



IHF competitions:

The IHF Council awarded in its meeting on Saturday (21 December) in Belgrade the 2014 Men’s and Women’s Beach Handball World Championships and the 2015 Men’s Junior World Championship to Brazil.


Additionally the official contracts for the 2015 Women’s Youth World Championship in FYR Macedonia and the 2015 Women’s Junior World Championship in Croatia were signed during the final press conference by IHF President Dr. Hassan Moustafa and representatives of the respective federations.



Voting for the Grundfos IHF World Handball Players of the Year 2013

IHF President Dr. Hassan Moustafa officially announced the nominees for the voting for the Grundfos IHF World Handball Players of the Year 2013 during the closing press conference in Belgrade. After the nomination by an IHF expert jury, now fans and media all around the world can cast their votes for those nominees until 17January 2014.


Nominees Male:

Mikkel Hansen (DEN), Filip Jicha (CZE), Domagoj Duvnjak (CRO), Arpad Sterbik (ESP), Daniel Narcisse (FRA)


Nominees Female:

Katrine Lunde-Haraldsen (NOR), Heidi Löke (NOR), Andrea Lekic (SRB), Anita Görbicz (HUN), Katarina Bulatovic (MNE)

Find all information about the nominees and the voting form on http://www.ihfdata.com.

The Grundfos IHF World Handball Players of the Year 2013 will be awarded by Dr. Hassan Moustafa and Grundfos Representative Mr Kim Klastrup on 26 January 2014 on the fringes of the final day of the Men’s European Championship in Herning/Denmark.


Athletes Commission

The IHF Arbitration Commission reviewed the voting results of the election for the IHF Athletes Commission and did not approve the outcome, as the quorum (over 50%) was not achieved and the result is therefore not in accordance with the IHF Statutes.

The Arbitration Commission will deal with this issue and decide if and in which form a second ballot will be conducted.