An Friday the thirteenth, they celebrated on the World Handball Federation (IHF) in Basel. The Moroccan nationwide staff performed in opposition to the USA. And the USA received. 28:27. The seventh look was their first victory within the historical past of the World Cup. Thus, the Americans reached the primary stage – which can also be historic, as a result of in any other case they all the time performed for the Golden Pineapple within the President’s Cup.
American success in making handball a world sport is necessary for opening up new markets. However, by the identical logic, the IHF ought to then set up growth packages in India and China, ideally within the UK as effectively.
There, different skilled sports activities dominate the market. For instance, in English-speaking international locations comparable to Ireland, “handball” is a sport wherein a small ball is hit in opposition to a wall with the palm of the hand. European handball is thought over there and within the US as “Team Handball” and nobody cares.
Fight for Olympic standing
The Americans are solely at this World Cup in Poland and Sweden as a result of they must study. For the 2028 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. Embarrassing conditions are restricted right here, and in order that handball doesn’t appear so amateurish, the long run Olympic hosts ought to at the least perceive the fundamentals of the sport – it really works very effectively, as a result of the Swede Robert Hedin coaches the Americans.
IHF President Hasan Mustafa has been preventing for years to maintain handball’s Olympic standing. For this, it wants as many member associations as attainable, not simply European ones. At the identical time, it ought to dispel the notion that handball is just taken severely in Europe.
That is why the world championship is accompanied by groups from Asia, South America and the Near and Middle East. That’s why there will all the time be World Cups outdoors of Europe, like Qatar in 2015 and Egypt in 2021.
To all its credit score, non-European international locations are included, however except for the highly effective Egyptians, they play no half. Therefore, it’s not stunning that sports activities followers far from handball don’t see the distinction between the European Championship held in even years and the World Championship in odd years.
Swedish handball legend Stefan Lindgren stated earlier than the World Cup: “I do not know who will be the world champion, I solely know that the world champion is from Europe.” That will not change any time quickly. The title of European champion is dearer than the World Cup, as a result of the opponents should not pretty much as good.