Ta­ble: Se­lected re­cently awarded key events

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Poland and Swe­den will host hand­ball’s bi­en­nial men’s and women’s Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships, re­spec­tively, in 2016, fol­low­ing vot­ing by the Euro­pean Hand­ball Fed­er­a­tion, the sport’s con­ti­nen­tal gov­ern­ing body, in Monaco on June 23.

Poland saw off com­pe­ti­tion from Croa­tia and Nor­way to land the men’s event, af­ter re­ceiv­ing 27 votes in the first bal­lot. Croa­tia got 15 votes, while Nor­way re­ceived four. Swe­den was un­chal­lenged in the vote on the women’s com­pe­ti­tion, af­ter Tur­key with­drew its can­di­da­ture.

Poland, which has never staged the men’s Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships, will host games in Gdansk, Ka­tow­ice, Lodz, Krakow and Wro­claw. Swe­den, which has staged the women’s cham­pi­onship once be­fore, in 2006, will host games in Stockholm, Kris­tianstad, Gothen­burg, Hels­ing­borg and Malmo.

The host­ing de­ci­sions came less than a week af­ter the EHF was forced to re­visit its award of the women’s EHF Euro 2012 af­ter the Nether­lands with­drew, cit­ing fi­nan­cial con­straints. Ser­bia beat 10 other coun­tries to win the right to host the cham­pi­onships, which will take place, as orig­i­nally slated, be­tween De­cem­ber 4 and 16.

Ser­bia staged the Men’s EHF Euro in Jan­uary, and will rely on the same four cities that hosted games in that com­pe­ti­tion - Bel­grade, Nix, Vra­sic and Novi Sad - for the women’s event.

The EHF was in talks with the Dutch Hand­ball Fed­er­a­tion for sev­eral weeks as it at­tempted to re­tain the Nether­lands as host na­tion and had even of­fered pro­pos­als to con­trol costs, but

fi­nally ad­mit­ted de­feat on June 4.

The EHF ex­plained: “For fi­nan­cial and or­gan­i­sa­tional rea­sons, the DHF reached a crit­i­cal point and its board took the de­ci­sion to pull out. We had of­fered to help, agree­ing to re­duce the num­ber of venues down to two for the pre­lim­i­nary stage [from an orig­i­nal five], but in the end it was still not enough.”

In ad­di­tion to Ser­bia, the coun­tries that de­clared an in­ter­est in host­ing the Women’s EHF Euro 2012 af­ter the Dutch with­drawal were Croa­tia, Den­mark, Mace­do­nia, Ice­land, Nor­way, Poland, Ro­ma­nia, Rus­sia, Slo­vakia and Swe­den.

In 2014, the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships will be staged in Den­mark (men) and Croa­tia/Hun­gary (women).

Source: Sport­cal

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