The fact that the future King of Denmark, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Frederik, has accepted the protectorate of the 11th finals of the European Men’s Championship in handball is not only an unparalleled joy for Danish Handball Association as organizer.
It also marks another chapter written in the beautiful story about the connection between the Danish Handball Association and the extraordinarily popular royal family of the country of Denmark.
Already at the age of nine Crown Prince Frederik played an important role as he carried out the draw for the Men’s World Championship 1978 – the latest championship finals in men’s handball to be played in Denmark until now. And since then the crown prince at numerous other occasions has honored Danish handball with his presence.
Especially when he just after being elected a member of the IOC in September 2010 at the opening of the European Handball Federation 10th Congress in Copenhagen spoke to the delegates who later on at the same conference by vote elected the Danish Handball Association as host nation of the current championship.
“It is no exaggeration to state that Crown Prince Frederik’s support over the years has been of vital importance for Danish handball in general and the Danish Handball Association in particular. And in the Organizing Committee for EURO 2014, we are extraordinarily pleased and honored that the Crown Prince has chosen to accept the role of patron of the greatest handball event ever to take place in Denmark, ” states Secretary General of the Danish Handball Association, Mr. Morten Stig Christensen.
The Danish Handball Association is hosting the Men’s EHF Euro 2014 for the European Handball Federation from the 12th to the 26th of Jan. Sport Event Denmark partners the event. The four host cities are Broendby (Copenhagen), Aalborg, Aarhus and Herning.