Presidents forewords


IHF President foreword

With less than two years to go before the Men’s Handball World Championship in France throws off, I’d like to take this opportunity to express just how proud I am when Iooking at our sport’s continued growth in terms of both visibility and popularity throughout the world. Even though handball is currently going through a particularly positive time and is reaping the rewards of its recent successes. However, I know France Handball 2017 is going to set the bar even higher. Some great memories from the event, beautiful stories and unique performances will all come as a result of the event and will be remembered for a long time after.

France Handball 2017 will be a memorable step in the history of our sport, an edition of the competition that will see the best teams in the world compete. The French fans, along with fans from other nations who will make it to the arenas, can’t wait to be part of the event, to have fun on and off the courts and enjoy the international handball party. It will be an unforgettable event, not only for our established community, but also for a much larger public that is bound to be enthralled with the amazing show.

New records may be set, both on the courts and in terms radio or television ratings. I hope that the FFHB, the Organising Committee and all gathered will continue with the hard work right to the end, to ensure that France Handball  2017 is a complete success. It is thanks to all involved that a new page in the international history of handball is about to be written and I have no doubt it will lift the popularity of our sport to heights never before seen.

Thank you, and see you in January 2017.

Dr Hassan Moustafa
IHF President.

FFHB President foreword


To host the 25th World Championship in 2017 is a great joy and above all a great honour. We will be spellbound spectators and actors in a true celebration of handball. The best teams in the world will confront each other in arenas throughout France, placing world-level handball at the heart of our regions. With the success and unforgettable memories of the 2001 World championship in France to inspire us, we have already set to work to make it 2017 even better.

France Handball  2017 is also a serious responsibility as it is our duty to make sure the World Championship leaves a lasting and meaningful heritage. By appealing to a new public in interesting venues and places around the country, and by ensuring the exposure and communications efforts on par with handball’s phenomenal specificities, our intention is to raise the level of understanding and popularity of our sport yet further.

It is my wish that our youth find the show, the performances and the proximity exciting enough to grab their opportunity, to take the baton and ensure the future of French handball on the international circuit. By doing so, I hope that it then leaves en enduring print on both our spirits and hearts.

Athletes, fans, officials, staff, media representatives, we are looking forward to seeing you in 2017!

Joël Delplanque
FFHB and France HANDBALL 2017 Organising Committee President


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