Pan-American Team Handball Federation

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Pan-American Team Handball Federation (PATHF)
Logo of Pan-American Team Handball Federation
Formation 23 May 1977; 39 years ago (1977-05-23)
Type Sports Federation
Headquarters Buenos Aires, Argentina
Region served
34 National Federations
Official language
English, Portuguese and Spanish
Mr. Mario Moccia Argentina
1st Vice-President
Mr. Julio Noveri Uruguay
2nd Vice-President
Mr. Rafael Sepúlveda Puerto Rico
Secretary General
Mr. Héctor Fernández Chile

The Pan-American Team Handball Federation (PATHF) is the continental governing body for handball, beach handball and wheelchair handball in Americas, that includes Northern America, Central America, South America and the Caribbean. PATHF's primary functions are to organize competitions for national teams and clubs, and to conduct Men's World Handball Championship and Women's World Handball Championship qualifying tournaments.


PATHF was founded on 23 May 1977, which made it one of the five continental confederations affiliated with International Handball Federation. Argentina, Chile, Canada, Mexico and the United States of America were founding members. The first executive committee was composed of President Dr. Peter Buehning (USA), Vice-President Mr. Juan Mainzhausen (Argentina), Secretary General Mr. Walter Schwedhelm (Mexico), and Treasurer Mr. Francis Geulen (Canada). Current PATHF President is Mr. Mario Moccia from Argentina.

PATHF Presidents[edit]

S. No. Name Country Tenure
1. Dr. Peter Buehning  United States 1997-1980
2. Dr. Walter Schwedhelm  Mexico 1980 - 1984
3. Mr. Andy Meszey  Canada 1984 - 1987
4. Dr. Peter Buehning  United States 1987 - 1996
5. Mr. Rubén Gómez  Uruguay 1996 (Interim President)
6. Mr. Manoel Luiz Oliveira  Brazil 1996 - 2012
7. Mr. Mario Moccia  Argentina 2012 - Till date

PATHF Executive Committee[edit]

Following is the PATHF Executive Committee.

Designation Name Country
President Mr. Mario Moccia  Argentina
1st Vice President Mr. Julio Noveri  Uruguay
2nd Vice President Mr. Rafael Sepúlveda  Puerto Rico
Secretary General Mr. Héctor Fernández  Chile
Treasurer Mr. Carlos Ferrea  Argentina
Representative to the IHF Mr. Mario Garcia de la Torre  Mexico
North America Vice-President Mr. Bryan Hayes  Canada
Central America Vice-President Dr. Carlos Morales Sosa  Guatemala
South America Vice-President Mr. Ghassan Mamo Kapasse  Venezuela

PATHF Commissions[edit]

Commission Chairman Country
PATHF Commission of Organizing and Competitions Mr. Carlos González Aldea  Cuba
PATHF Playing Rules and Referee Commission Mr. Salvio Sedrez  Brazil
PATHF Commission for Development Mr. Rafael Sepúlveda  Puerto Rico
PATHF Commission of Coaching and Methods Mr. Mike Cavanaugh  United States
PATHF Medical Commission Dr. Llew Harper  Barbados
PATHF Marketing Commission Mr. Gabriel Klein  Argentina
PATHF Appeals Tribunal Mr. Héctor Fernández Bogdanic  Chile
PATHF Juridical Commission Mr. Héctor Fernández Bogdanic  Chile
PATHF Beach Handball Commission Mr. Luiz Filippe Caldas  Brazil
PATHF Wheelchair Handball Commission Mr. Germán Bonnemezón  Argentina

Affiliated Members[edit]



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