Hassan Moustafa re-elected as IHF president

Hassan Moustafa re-elected as IHF president

Hassan Moustafa has been re-elected as president of the International Handball Federation (IHF), the sport’s global governing body, for a fifth consecutive term.

The Egyptian ran unopposed for the leadership during the 36th IHF congress in Antalya in Turkey, receiving 104 votes from delegates, with nine against and four abstaining.

Moustafa, who played for the Egyptian national handball team for ten years, was first elected to head the federation in 2000. The 73-year-old is to run the IHF until 2021.

Former French Handball Federation president Joel Deplanque was elected as vice president, after beating challenger Spain’s Miguel Roca Mas, and Narcisa Lecusanu and Frantisek Taborskey were added to the executive committee, with Anna Rapp elected as the treasurer.

The congress also approved five National Federations, including Fiji, Timor-Leste and Jamaica, as full members, and Scotland and England as associate members.

Romania was awarded hosting rights for the 2020 Under-20 Women’s World Championships, with Greece winning the right to stage the 2021 Under-19 men’s event.

‘Your re-election is an affirmation of the excellent contribution you have made to the world of handball throughout the last 17 years in your role as IHF president,’ wrote International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach in a letter of congratulation to Moustafa.

‘Thanks to your enthusiasm, dedication and valuable work, your federation has been continuously evolving, as underlined by the introduction of the beach handball on the programme of the Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018.’