Budapest, Hungary – Gathered in the city of Glasgow, Scotland, for their annual congress, members of the European Handball Federation (EHF) were to decide on the host countries for the 2022 and 2024 Men’s Euro Handball Championships, as well as the Women’s 2022 edition.
When the Denmark / Switzerland duo withdrew their bid at the last minute for the 2022 Men’s Championship, only two contenders were left: France-Belgium-Spain versus the Visegrad duo, Hungary-Slovakia.
The Central European joint bid was finally chosen by a wide margin of total votes, according to early reports. “We’re disappointed, but we have no regrets”, conceded the president of the French Federation Joel Delplanque, before praising the successful Slovak-Hungarian bid.
An important victory for the Central European sports scene, and great news for handball fans in the region: the 2022 Handball Championship will mark the very first time in history Slovakia is chosen to host the Euro. Hungary, on the other hand, already hosted the 2004 and 2014 Women’s European Championships in a joint bid with Croatia.
In other news, the EHF Congress also announced that the North-Macedonia-Slovenia-Montenegro trio had been selected to host the 2022 Women’s European Championship, while Germany was chosen for the Men’s 2024 edition.