10 January 2017
Dr Hassan Moustafa, president of the IHF, during the opening press conference in Paris: “We’re are very happy to be here in France. France is a leading country for our sport; we are working together, very close.
“We’re very satisfied, we are working very hard to promote our sport. About this country, we can say this has been the best federation over the last 15 years. We are very happy to give France this tournament.
“Finally, we have the last few laps of this marathon. It’s a special challenge, after Rio. We are expecting it to be the best World Championship ever.”