International Handball Federation

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International Handball Federation (IHF)
International Handball Federation logo.svg
Logo of International Handball Federation
Predecessor International Amateur Handball Federation (1926 — 1945)
Formation 11 July 1946; 72 years ago (1946-07-11)
Founded at Copenhagen, Kingdom of Denmark Denmark
Type International Sports Federation
Headquarters Basel, Switzerland Switzerland
Region served
Worldwide
Membership
201 Full Members
4 Associated Members
4 Regional members
Official language
English, French and German
President
Dr. Hassan Moustafa Egypt
Honorary President
Mr. Erwin Lanc Austria
1st Vice-President
Mr. Joël Delplanque France
Vice-Presidents
Mr. Bader Mohammed Al-Theyab Kuwait
Mr. Michael Wiederer Austria
Dr. Mansourou A. Aremou Benin
Main organ
IHF Congress, IHF Council
Affiliations International Olympic Committee,
Association of Summer Olympic International Federations
Website www.IHF.info

The International Handball Federation (IHF) is the administrative and controlling body for handball and beach handball. IHF is responsible for the organisation of handball's major international tournaments, notably the IHF World Men's Handball Championship which commenced in 1938 and IHF World Women's Handball Championship which commenced in 1957.

IHF was founded in 1946 to oversee international competition among the national federations of Denmark, Finland, France, Norway, Netherlands, Poland, Sweden and Switzerland. Headquartered in Basel, its membership now comprises 209 national federations. Member countries must each also be members of one of the six regional confederations into which the world is divided: Africa, Asia, Europe, North America & Caribbean, Oceania and the South & Central America. Dr. Hassan Moustafa from Egypt is IHF President since year 2000.

History[edit]

The IHF was founded on July 11, 1946, in Copenhagen (Denmark) by representatives of 8 national federations. The founding members are Denmark, Finland, France, Norway, Netherlands, Poland, Sweden and Switzerland. The first president of IHF was Gösta Björk from Sweden. Björk was replaced in 1950 by Hans Baumann from Switzerland. In 1954, the first IHF Men's World Championship, was conducted under the aegis of the IHF, in Sweden with the participation of 6 national teams. In 1957, the first IHF Women's World Handball Championship was held in SFR Yugoslavia with the participation of 9 national teams. The Olympic Games were organized for the first time under the auspices of IHF in Munich 1972 (men's tournament) and Montreal 1976 (women's tournament).

Structure[edit]

Laws and governance[edit]

IHF is headquartered in Basel, and is an federation established under the Law of Switzerland. IHF's supreme body is the IHF Congress, an assembly made up of representatives from each affiliated member association. Each national Handball association has one vote, regardless of its size or handballing strength. The Congress assembles in ordinary session once in two years (odd years) after the IHF World Men's Handball Championship. The congress makes decisions relating to IHF's governing statutes and their method of implementation and application. Only the Congress can pass changes to IHF's statutes. The congress approves the annual report, and decides on the acceptance of new national associations and holds elections. Congress elects the President of IHF, its General Secretary, and the other members of the IHF Council. IHF's Council, chaired by the President, is the main decision-making body of the organisation in the intervals of Congress. The Council is composed of 18 people: the President, 5 Vice Presidents, and 12 members. The Council is the body that decides which country will host the World Championship. The President and General Secretary are the main officeholders of IHF, and are in charge of its daily administration, carried out by the General Secretariat. Dr. Hassan Moustafa is the current president, appointed in the year 2000 at the 28th Ordinary IHF Congress.

Six confederations and 209 national associations[edit]

The IHF is composed of six continental federations which organize continental championships held every other second year: African Handball Confederation, Asian Handball Federation, European Handball Federation, North America and the Caribbean Handball Confederation, Oceania Continent Handball Federation and the South and Central America Handball Confederation. In addition to continental competitions between national teams, the federations arrange international tournaments between club teams.[1]

Until 2017, there are five continental confederations, but on 14 January 2018 at Zagreb (Croatia) with one vote against, the IHF Council decided to divide the continent of Pan-America into two, namely North America and the Caribbean Handball Confederation and South and Central America Handball Confederation. The authority to divide a continental confederation is of the IHF Congress. IHF Congress delegates its authority to IHF Council during the 36th IHF Congress held in November 2017 at Antalya (Turkey) to decide on the division of Pan-American Team Handball Federation.[2]

IHF Presidents[edit]

S. No. Name Country Term
1. Mr. Gösta Björk  Sweden 11 July 1946 – 9 September 1950
2. Mr. Hans Baumann*   Switzerland 9 September 1950 – 9 February 1971
Mr. Paul Högberg (Interim President)  Sweden 9 February 1971 – 23 August 1972
3. Mr. Paul Högberg  Sweden 23 August 1972 – 25 July 1984
4. Mr. Erwin Lanc  Austria 25 July 1984 – 26 November 2000
5. Dr. Hassan Moustafa  Egypt 26 November 2000 – Till Date

IHF Secretary Generals[edit]

S. No. Name Country Term
1. Mr. Carl Filip Borgh  Sweden 11 July 1946 – 9 September 1950
2. Mr. Albert Wagner   Switzerland 9 September 1950 – 23 August 1972
3. Mr. Max Rinkenburger  Germany 23 August 1972 – 14 September 1988
4. Mr. Raymond Hahn  France 14 September 1988 – 2 December 2004
5. Mr. Peter Mühlematter   Switzerland 2 December 2004 – 4 June 2009
6. Mr. Joel Delplanque  France 4 June 2009 – 2 May 2011
** Managing Director
7. Ms. Amal Khalifa  Egypt 1 September 2009 – Until now
No elections were held since 2011. The position is currently managed by a salaried Managing Director.

IHF Treasurers[edit]

S. No. Name Country Term
1. Mr. Wolf Lyberg  Sweden 11 July 1946 – 9 September 1950
2. Mr. Jan Krijgsman  Netherlands 9 September 1950 – 27 September 1954
3. Mr. Max Rinkenburger  West Germany 27 September 1954 – 23 August 1972
4. Mr. Anders Fredslund Pedersen  Denmark 23 August 1972 – 25 July 1984
5. Mr. Raymond Hahn  France 25 July 1984 – 14 September 1988
6. Mr. Rudi Glock  Germany 14 September 1988 – 26 November 2000
7. Mr. Miguel Roca Mas  Spain 26 November 2000 – 4 June 2009
8. Mr. Sandi Sola *  Croatia 4 June 2009 – 19 December 2015
Mr. Miguel Roca Mas (Acting Treasurer)  Spain 19 December 2015 – 11 November 2017
9. Ms. Anna Rapp  Sweden 11 November 2017 – Till date

IHF Executive Committee[edit]

Designation Name Country
President Dr. Hassan Moustafa  Egypt
1st Vice-President Mr. Joël Delplanque  France
Treasurer Ms. Anna Rapp  Sweden
Executive Members Ms. Narcisa Lecușanu  Romania
Prof. Dr. František Táborský  Czech Republic
Managing Director Ms. Amal Khalifa  Egypt

IHF Council[edit]

The IHF Council is an institution of International Handball Federation (the governing body of handball and beach handball). It is the main decision-making body of the organization in the intervals of IHF Congress.

IHF Council 2017 – 2021[edit]

Designation Name Country
President Dr. Hassan Moustafa  Egypt
1st Vice-President Mr. Joël Delplanque  France
Vice-Presidents Mr. Bader Mohammed Al-Theyab  Kuwait
Mr. Michael Wiederer  Austria
Dr. Mansourou Aremou  Benin
Treasurer Ms. Anna Rapp  Sweden
Executive Members Ms. Narcisa Lecușanu  Romania
Prof. Dr. František Táborský  Czech Republic
Chairperson of IHF Commission of Organizing and Competitions Mr. Per Bertelsen  Denmark
Chairperson of IHF Playing Rules and Referees Commission Mr. Ramón Gallego  Spain
Chairperson of IHF Commission of Coaching and Methods Mr. Dietrich Späte  Germany
Chairperson of IHF Medical Commission Dr. François Gnamian  Ivory Coast
Chairperson of IHF Commission for Development Ms. Raquel Pedercini Marinho  Canada
Representative Asia Mr. Yoshihide Watanabe  Japan
Representative Africa Mr. Charles Omboumahou  Republic of the Congo
Representative Europe Mr. Predrag Bošković  Montenegro
Representative Oceania Mr. Ricardo Blas  Guam
Managing Director Ms. Amal Khalifa  Egypt

IHF Commissions[edit]

Commission Chairperson Country
IHF Commission of Organising and Competitions Mr. Per Bertelsen  Denmark
IHF Playing Rules and Referees Commission Mr. Ramón Gallego  Spain
IHF Commission of Coaching and Methods Mr. Dietrich Späte  Germany
IHF Medical Commission Dr. François Gnamian  Ivory Coast
IHF Commission for Development Ms. Raquel Pedercini Marinho  Canada
IHF Athletes' Commission Ms. Gro Hammerseng-Edin  Norway
IHF Arbitration Commission Mr. Tomislav Grahovac  Croatia
IHF Arbitration Tribunal Mr. Zoran Radojičić  Montenegro
IHF Ethics Commission Mr. Hussein Moustafa Fathy  Egypt

IHF Tournaments[edit]

World Handball Championship
World Beach Handball Championship
World Club Handball Championship
Multi-Sport Events
Others

Title holders[edit]

International title holders[edit]

Competition Men's Champion Women's Champion
World Cup  France (2017) (6*)  France (2017) (2)
Handball Olympic Tournament  Denmark (2016) (1)  Russia (2016) (1)
Emerging Nations Championship  Faroe Islands (2017) (2*)
Junior World Cup  Spain (2017) (1)  Hungary (2018) (1)
Youth World Cup  France (2017) (2)  Russia (2016) (2*)
Handball Youth Olympic Tournament  Slovenia (2014) (1)  South Korea (2014) (1)
IHF Inter-Continental Trophy  Faroe Islands (2015) (1)  Guadeloupe (2015) (1)
Club World Cup Spain FC Barcelona (2017) (3*)
Beach Handball World Cup  Croatia (2016) (2)  Spain (2016) (1)
Youth Beach Handball World Cup  Spain (2017) (1*)  Hungary (2017) (1*)

Continental title holders[edit]

Africa Asia Europe Oceania Pan-America
Senior Men's  Tunisia (2018) (10*)  Qatar (2018) (3)  Spain (2018) (1)  Australia (2014) (8*)  Brazil (2016) (3)
Senior Women's  Angola (2016) (12*)  South Korea (2017) (13*)  Norway (2016) (7*)  Australia (2016) (7*)  Brazil (2017) (10*)
Men's Continental Games  Egypt (2015) (7*)  Qatar (2014) (1)  Brazil (2015) (3)
Women's Continental Games  Angola (2015) (6*)  South Korea (2014) (6*)  Brazil (2015) (5*)
Junior Men's  Tunisia (2016) (4)  Qatar (2016) (5)  Spain (2016) (2)  Australia (2018) (4)  Brazil (2017) (6)
Junior Women's  Angola (2017) (9*)  South Korea (2017) (14*)  France (2017) (1)  New Zealand (2014) (1)  Brazil (2016) (8*)
Youth Boy's  Tunisia (2016) (1)  Bahrain (2016) (1)  France (2016) (2)  New Zealand (2018) (2)  Argentina (2017) (8*)
Youth Girl's  Egypt (2017) (2)  South Korea (2017) (7*)  Germany (2017) (1)  Brazil (2016) (11*)
Boy's Continental Youth Games  Qatar (2013) (1*)  Germany (2017) (1)
Girl's Continental Youth Games  South Korea (2013) (1*)  Hungary (2017) (1)
Men's Club Egypt Al-Zamalek SC (2017) (10) Bahrain Al-Najma Club (2017) (1) Republic of Macedonia RK Vardar (2017) (1) Australia Sydney University Handball Club (2018) (7*) Brazil EC Pinheiros (2017) (2)
Women's Club Angola CD Primeiro de Agosto (2017) (4) Uzbekistan AGMK Club (2017) (1) Hungary Győri Audi ETO KC (2017) (3) Australia Melbourne HC (2018) (1) Brazil EC Pinheiros (2017) (1)
Men's Beach Handball  Qatar (2017) (4*)  Spain (2017) (3)  Australia (2018) (3*)  Brazil (2018) (7*)
Women's Beach Handball  Thailand (2017) (3*)  Norway (2017) (1)  Australia (2018) (3*)  Brazil (2018) (4*)
Men's Youth Beach Handball  Thailand (2016) (1*)  Spain (2017)  Australia (2017) (1*)  Brazil (2017) (1*)
Women's Youth Beach Handball  China (2016) (1*)  Netherlands (2017)  American Samoa (2017) (1*)  Argentina (2017) (1*)
  • * = Record titles

Combined medal table[edit]

This table shows all medals by country, in all International Handball Federation Team Handball national competitions. This table does not include medals won at club level and Beach Handball.

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Soviet Union 20 7 4 31
2  Russia 17 9 2 28
3  Denmark 16 15 11 42
4  France 13 7 7 27
5  Sweden 9 10 10 29
6  Yugoslavia 9 8 12 29
7  Germany 8 7 9 24
8  Romania 8 3 10 21
9  Norway 6 9 9 24
10  South Korea 5 10 7 22
11  East Germany 4 5 5 14
12  Croatia 4 5 3 12
13  Spain 3 7 6 16
14  Czechoslovakia 2 4 4 10
15  Egypt 2 1 1 4
16  Hungary 1 9 8 18
17  Serbia 1 2 0 3
18  Slovenia 1 1 3 5
19  Brazil 1 0 1 2
20  Iceland 0 2 2 4
21  Austria 0 2 1 3
22  Poland 0 1 5 6
23  Netherlands 0 1 3 4
24  Montenegro 0 1 1 2
 Bulgaria 0 1 1 2
26  Ukraine 0 1 0 1
 Qatar 0 1 0 1
 Lithuania 0 1 0 1
29   Switzerland 0 0 1 1
 Tunisia 0 0 1 1
 Portugal 0 0 1 1
 China 0 0 1 1
  • data is accurate as of 22 January 2018

IHF Member Federations[edit]

Category A[edit]

  • IHF had suspended the Kuwait Handball Association since 11 September 2015 due to not organizing an electoral General Assembly to elect the Board of Directors.

Category B[edit]

Category C[edit]

Associated Members[edit]

Regional Members[edit]

IHF Awards[edit]

The IHF issues awards to organisations and individuals in recognition of their particular contribution to developing the sport of handball and the IHF.

These awards are:

Sponsors[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bylaws" (PDF). International Handball Federation. September 2007. p. 7. Retrieved 2 February 2009. 
  2. ^ "IHF statement related to Pan-American continent". IHF. 19 January 2018. 

External links[edit]