IOHA President Attends IHF Emerging European Federations Meeting

IHF Headquarters in Basle, Switzerland was the venue on Monday April 25th for the 3rd meeting of the IHF Emerging European Federations and IOHA President Fintan Lyons was among the attendees.

The IHF President Dr Hassan Moustafa received 17 Presidents of Federations involved in the Emerging Nations project (see below), the President of the European Handball (EHF), Jean Brihault, and EHF Secretary General, Michael Wiederer, in the IHF Head Office in Basle, Switzerland, to evaluate the second and third years of the Four Year Plan and review the 1st Men’s Emerging Nations Championship in 2015. Furthermore, they discussed the future development of handball in the Emerging Federations’ countries.

In order to develop and promote handball in the Emerging Nations, the IHF created a Four Year Plan, including projects such as the Development Aid project, Handball@School, Beach Handball and the IHF Trophy. The main target of this plan is the young generation who will serve the federations in the long term.

Furthermore, the participants took a look back on the 1st Men’s Emerging Nations Championship and all of them stated that the tournament was beneficial for their respective federations. With the Emerging Nations Championship, the IHF aim to support young and talented handball players and for that reason it was discussed whether it should be taken into consideration to reduce the age limit of 30 years.

Afterwards the possibility of including the Emerging Nations Championship into the qualification process for the EURO 2020 was discussed. Thus, the teams have the opportunity to qualify for the EURO 2020 via the tournament and could consequently take the chance to compete on a global level.
The federations currently participating in the Emerging Nations project who attended, along with MON and LUX who have been invited to join the project:

ALB, AND, ARM, AZE, BUL, EST, FAR, GBR, GEO, IRL, ISR, KOS, LAT, MDA, MLT

Participants at the Emerging Federations Meeting.

Participants at the Emerging Federations Meeting.