Press Release – 20 November 2021
Today, the Handball Federations of Denmark, Norway, and Sweden jointly won the rights to host the EHF Men’s Euro in 2026 and the Women’s Euro 2028. All three countries have previously hosted editions of both the men’s and women’s EHF Euro, however this is the first time the three have joint forces.
In Vienna, Austria, united as ‘Scandinavia Connect’, the three countries presented the EHF Congress with their plans for delivering two Championships that will have innovation at their core, capitalising on the modern-day opportunities presented to the sport due to advances in technology. The Scandinavia Connect promise is to use the Championships to connect European Handball to a stronger future.
The presidents of the three Scandinavian Handball Federations are excited and eager to get started on the project.
Morten Stig Christensen, President of the Danish Handball Federation said:
“This is a wonderful opportunity for our three countries and for European Handball. We will bring an innovative mindset to every aspect of the organisation for both 2026 and 2028. These events will have a long long-lasting positive impact on handball – in our countries and across Europe.”
Kåre Geir Lio, President of the Norwegian Handball Federation, added:
“These events will be the catalyst for connecting all European member associations, big and small, to new ways of exchanging with one another and to new ways of reaching a broader audience across all with the aim of building a stronger future for our sport. We are very excited.”
And Frederik Rapp, President Swedish Handball Federation, concluded:
“The EHF Euro 2026 and 2028 will provide the platform to showcase real-life solutions to hosting more sustainable events which is crucial moving forward. We thank EHF for their trust in us and look forward to bringing our plans to reality.”
The Danish national sporting event organisation, Sport Event Denmark, has for many years been involved in bids for major, international sporting events and has also been involved in the bids for the EHF Men’s Euro in 2026 and the Women’s Euro 2028.
Lars Lundov, CEO, Sport Event Denmark says:
“Major, international sporting events such as the EHF Men’s Euro in 2026 and the Women’s Euro 2028 form a display window. By connecting to new ways of reaching untapped audiences and new ways of hosting more sustainable events, I believe Scandinavia will ultimately connect European Handball to a stronger future.”
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