Poland and Czech Republic to Co-Host 2031 Women's Handball World Championship

Poland and Czech Republic to co-host 2031 Women's Handball World Championship, showcasing the sport's growing popularity in Europe and IHF's commitment to global expansion.

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Poland and Czech Republic to Co-Host 2031 Women's Handball World Championship

Poland and Czech Republic to Co-Host 2031 Women's Handball World Championship

The International Handball Federation (IHF) has announced that Poland and the Czech Republic will jointly host the 2031 Women's Handball World Championship. The decision was ratified by the IHF on April 16, 2024 in Créteil, France, after the joint bid from the two nations received initial approval.

The championship will take place across three cities: Katowice and Sosnowiec in Poland, and Brno in the Czech Republic. The final rounds will be held at the iconic Spodek Arena in Katowice. This multi-city approach aims to create an electrifying atmosphere and wide accessibility for fans across the region.

Poland's successful bid highlights its growing stature as a premier host for international handball events. The country previously hosted the European Men's Handball Championship in 2016 and will stage the upcoming Men's U21 World Championship in 2025.

The 2031 event will mark the 30th edition of the IHF Women's World Championship. It will feature 32 teams, with the hosts Poland and Czech Republic automatically qualifying. The remaining spots will be determined through continental qualification tournaments.

If countries from Oceania (Australia or New Zealand) participate in the Asian Championships and finish within the top 5, they will qualify for the World Championships. However, if they finish sixth or lower, their place would be transferred to a wild card spot.

Why this matters: The awarding of the 2031 Women's Handball World Championship to Poland and Czech Republic reflects the growing popularity and expansion of the sport in Europe. It also highlights the IHF's commitment to promoting handball globally by selecting new host nations.

IHF President Hassan Moustafa noted that the growing interest in hosting the event indicates the sport's global expansion. "We are delighted to award the 2031 Women's World Championship to Poland and Czech Republic," Moustafa said. "Both countries have a rich handball tradition and have demonstrated their ability to stage top-level international events. We look forward to working with them to deliver an unforgettable championship."

Key Takeaways

  • Poland and Czech Republic to host 2031 Women's Handball World Championship.
  • Championship to be held in Katowice, Sosnowiec, and Brno, with final in Katowice.
  • Poland's successful bid reflects its growing status as a handball host nation.
  • 32 teams to participate, with hosts automatically qualifying.
  • IHF President cites countries' handball tradition and event-hosting capabilities.