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Historic - New International Handball Federation to put forward Olympic Bid

posted 9 Feb 2011, 14:16 by Unknown user   [ updated 28 Feb 2011, 14:27 ]

jpegGAA Handball attended and played an integral part in what could prove to be one of the most historic International Conferences for the sport of handball worldwide.

Valencia played host to the various International bodies as well as some of the National Federations around the World to look at a new International structure which would work towards bringing Handball to the Olympic Stage.

The exciting news is that there was unanimous agreement following 2 days of negotiations that a new International Federation, encompassing in excess of 33 National Federations from around the world will be set up and put forward a professional bid for Olympic Status in the near future.

PHOTO Caption: Key players in the set-up of a new International Handball Federation which will put forward a professional bid for the sport to receive Olympic Status. Pictures left to right are: Romano Sirotto (President Italian Handball Federation), Con Moore (Vice-President, World Handball Council), Alberto Buenaventura (Technical Director C.I.J.B.), Tony Hannon (President, GAA Handball), José Luís López (President, C.I.J.B.), Pat Brennan (Canada, President World Handball Council), Chris Curran (GAA National Handball Manager), Victor López (President Columbian Olympic Committee), William Polanco (United States Handball Association), Sipke Saakstsa (President, Holland Handball Federation).

In addition to all the key players who were present at the meeting, the President of the Colombian Olympic Committee, was also present throughout the weekend to advise on legal protocol and structures to secure this ultimate ambition. Part of this included discussion on handball being an exhibition sport at the World Games in Cali, Columbia, in 2013 which is a pre-requisite to getting a foot into the Olympic Games itself. 

Following overall discussion, it was agreed that Handball would be part of the World Games in Cali, Columbia, which is indeed very exciting for the sport. In the interim period a Work-Group Committee of 9 individuals has been formed which will finalise all arrangements and put in place a new constitution for the International Federation which will take in all handballing countries around the World - which at present is 33 affiliated countries and by 2012 could be in the region of 50 possible countries!

This Work Group will finalise this document and this will be presented at a final International Conference which has been agreed to take place in Ireland in June 2011 - prior to the One Wall Nationals. This ever growing prestigious event will also now see 8-12 International country teams - including USA, Columbia, Spain, The Basque County, England, Italy and France with others to be advised. With Olympic representation at this year's event to view the sport and also be part of the Final Launch of the new International Handball Federation - Ireland will indeed have a very significant role to play in what promises to be a momentous era for the Sport!

Further details will follow on this and the hugely exciting week that will now form the Irish One Wall Nationals in June 2011. 

• CLICK HERE for link to C.I.J.B.

• CLICK HERE for link to World Handball Council 

• CLICK HERE for link to World Games 2013 in Cali, Columbia