IHF congress with a touch of Partille Cup
Simultaneously as the Partille Cup is going on all over the city, IHF, the International Handball Federation, organizes its congress in Gothenburg. During the opening ceremony three players from the tournament were present.
Every two years, IHF’s congress is organized, where delegates from all corners of the world gather. This year, when it is held in Gothenburg, there are 350 delegates represented from about 170 countries. During the opening ceremony of the congress, IK Sävehof players Ellen Moberg, Alva Bramfors and Oscar Carlsson welcomed everyone to Gothenburg and Partille Cup.
What will happen is, among other things, elections and committee work, but the participants will also have numerous opportunities to discover the welcoming atmosphere of Partille Cup. For example, the delegates were present for the opening ceremony, which took place on Tuesday evening at Liseberg.
One of those who is in place in Gothenburg during the congress is IHF’s President Dr Hassan Moustafa who is now visiting Partille Cup for the eighth time. The 75-year-old Egyptian has been IHF president for 19 years and there is no doubt that he holds Partille Cup high for its work to boost handball internationally.
“Partille Cup is like an Olympic game for handball youth”, says Dr. Hassan Moustafa.
“Partille Cup has more participants than the Olympics and the atmosphere during the cup week is so nice that no one who participates can say anything negative. That so many players and teams from young and less developed handball nations are in place and get inspiration to make progress is of course also very important”.
The relatively young sport handball – the first World Cup took place in 1938, was on the Olympic program for the first time in 1972 (men) and 1976 (women) – has grown into a global sport with spread across all continents. In the last ten years alone, the number of IHF member states has grown by around 60 and is now 209.
“There are countries that are still not members. And the day I finish my work in world handball, the global spread is really something I want to be remembered for”, says the IHF president.
Fredrik Rapp, chairman of the Swedish Handball Federation since autumn 2016, develops his thoughts on the congress in combination with the Partille Cup.
“It is very exciting and meritorious that the International Handball Federation has awarded Sweden a congress”, he states and continues.
“We have in our turn then chosen to arrange it in the spirit of the youth. Instead of simply being at a large conference hotel, the delegates will become part of the fantastic atmosphere created during the Partille Cup when 1,407 teams from 52 nations meet around Gothenburg”.
Description of photo above: IHF president Dr. Hassan Moustafa and EHF president Michael Wiederer at the Partille Cup opening ceremony.