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Denmark Delivered at the IAAF/Mikkeller World Cross Country Championships

Ten thousand spectators got a firsthand experience of the world’s best runners through the craziest cross country championships ever. Blue sky and a mild breeze in the early Danish spring.
The Moesgaard Museum provided its grassy rooftop as part of an epic and challenging course at this weekend’s world championships. The event turned out to become a game changer with a festive celebration of cross country embracing both the elite and recreational runners. Massive media coverage and an once-in-a-liftetime experience for for the runners, volunteers, organizers, technicians, reporters and others who assisted.

The organizers conclude upon years of preparations that the goal of taking the event to a higher level was reached:
“The World Cross Country Championships in Aarhus proved that in Danish athletics we have something to offer to the rest of the world. By doing things our way, rather than trying to copy the biggest and best in a traditional sense, we have again demonstrated that we can stage world-class events. Yesterday was epic, not just on the course, but also everything else, from my colleagues and the many volunteers to the thousands of spectators who contributed to the party, the championships became exactly the experience we had believed in, worked on and hoped for,” says director of Danish Athletics, Jakob Larsen and continues:

“The reactions from the outside world are unambiguous: Cross country has entered a new era with Aarhus. If they are right, in a few years we may be able to look back and say that ‘it all started in Aarhus.’ I want to thank both the Municipality of Aarhus and Sport Event Denmark for their support and commitment to these World Championships. Without them, we would not have been able to pull it off. Similarly, I would like to thank Mikkeller for the collaboration. It is rare for a title partner to fit in so well with the project. Finally, without the support and massive help from the International Athletics Association, IAAF, yesterday would not have been possible. We have learned a lot from the collaboration with IAAF, which we will use in the years to come. ”

“Finally, I would like to express my unreserved respect and gratitude to both the federation’s board, my colleagues and the many volunteers who, from day 1, have believed in the project and yesterday delivered. It was a truly unique experience. Thanks for that, ” Jakob Larsen concludes.

The partners, Sport Event Denmark and the Municipality of Aarhus, are also very pleased with the Saturday’s event. Director of Sport Event Denmark, Lars Lundov says:
“The World Cross Country Championships were all we had hoped for and more. In the most beautiful sun and with the presence of His Royal Highness the Crown Prince, Denmark set new standards for the cross country. It became a World Championship for both the elite, the recreational runners and the spectators. We are already talking about the evilest, most beautiful and incredible course. Some have even started to dream about the return of the cross country to the Olympic program as especially the TV production at these championships has shown the great potential of the discipline.”

”It was a huge honor to be allowed to open the World Cross Championchips, I am impressed by the well organized event, and fantastic venue, which showed Aarhus at its best, It became an event both the city and the international sports world will be proud of for many years. Many thanks to everyone who has contributed to the fantastic event and, in particular, the many volunteers, “ says the mayor of Sport, Culture and Citizens Services Rabih Azad-Ahmad.

Results:
Senior Race Men 10 km
1. Joshua Cheptegei, Uganda 31:40 min.
2. Jacob Kiplimo, Uganda 31:44
3. Geoffrey Kamworor, Kenya 31:55
Teams
1. Uganda
(18 teams)

Senior Race Women 10 km
1. Hellen Obiri, Kenya 36:14
2. Dera Didi, Ethiopia 36:16
3. Letesenbet Gidey 36:24

Teams
1. Ethiopia
(16 teams)

FACTS ON THE WORLD CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS 2019
NAME: IAAF / Mikkeller World Cross Country Championships Aarhus 2019
DATE: March 30, 2019
PLACE: Moesgaard Museum, Aarhus
ORGANIZERS: The Danish Athletics Association, Sport Event Denmark, The Municipality of Aarhus.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Aarhus2019.dk/eng

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The 2022 Canoe Marathon European Championships to be hosted in Silkeborg, Denmark

Silkeborg, the Outdoor Capital of Denmark, has been awarded the 2022 Canoe Marathon European Championships at Silkeborg Langsø (Long Lake).
Ole Tikjøb, Chairman of the Danish Canoe Federation: “I’m extremely pleased that we’ve been able to bring the Marathon European Championships to Silkeborg. Denmark, and Silkeborg in particular, has a long and proud marathon tradition. The Tour de Gudenaa – one of the oldest and longest marathons – has been centred around Silkeborg for more than 50 years, and Silkeborg has fostered some of the world’s strongest marathon paddlers. Historically, Denmark is one of the nations which has created and shaped the canoe and kayak marathon sport. The European Championships offer our skilled canoeist the exceptional opportunity of performing at home, supported by a home crowd.”
At Silkeborg Kayak Club, the mood is ecstatic after having been awarded the championships. The club has competed in the championships for many years, with national team paddlers and medals to prove it. The club’s under-18 double world marathon champion, Thorbjørn Rask, looks forward to welcoming his opponents to the championships on his home waters.
“It’ll be awesome to paddle in the European Championships on home ground. It’s a bit unreal for me to be part such a great event right here in the middle of Silkeborg. This will be huge, and it will be a true pleasure to fight for the medals here at home. I’m really looking forward to it.”
“Silkeborg is one of the leading canoe cities in Europe. We have a strong and vibrant community of clubs and societies with a host of talents and international medal winners. We have state-of-the-art facilities for international events in the area around the new water sports centre at Silkeborg Langsø, in Silkeborg city centre. And as the Outdoor Capital for all of Denmark, we have a strategy to attract international sporting events and cement that status. I am therefore extremely pleased that the result of our close collaboration with Sport Event Denmark, the Danish Canoe Federation and Silkeborg Kayak Club has resulted in Denmark hosting the European Championships. It’s a great honour for Silkeborg to host the 2022 European Championships,” says Steen Vindum, mayor of Silkeborg Municipality.
Lars Lundov, CEO of Sport Event Denmark, is also thrilled when he looks at the big picture.
“The 2022 European Championships is a continuation of the successful event strategy set out by the Danish Canoe Federation and Sport Event Denmark. The success is in part due to the fact that Silkeborg Kayak Club and Silkeborg Municipality have been strong and competent partners in the work related to the 2022 European Championships. We’ve also benefitted from our continuous collaboration with the management of the European Canoe Association. It’s a unique situation for Denmark to have the opportunity, for three consecutive years, to host some of the most significant championships in canoeing.”
Facts: In 2021, the Danish Canoe Federation will celebrate its 100th anniversary by, among other things, hosting the 2021 Canoe Sprint World Championships in Bagsværd (Zealand). It will also host the 2022 Canoe Marathon European Championships in Silkeborg, and the 2023 Canoe Marathon World Championships in the Triangle Region in Jutland.

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Denmark to host the ICF 2023 Canoe Marathon World Championships

World champions in marathon canoe 2023 will be crowned in Denmark. Today, Denmark was awarded the ICF 2023 Canoe Marathon World Championships. Denmark was up against strong competitors from Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, and China.

The Danish bid referenced a strong Viking theme. For centuries, Vikings have been the warriors of the water, crossing new frontiers and achieving greatness. In Denmark, the bravest and noble victors came from the beautiful village of Jels, and in 2023 this Viking village will inspire a new generation of champions!

By combining tradition, innovation and partnerships the 2023 ICF Canoe Marathon World Championships in Denmark will bring canoe marathon to a new level by offering a once in a lifetime integrated experience for athletes, fans and ICF family. Join the Vikings as we bring past legacies to the future!

– We are incredibly pleased that ICF 2023 Canoe Marathon World Championships is coming to Denmark. In Denmark, we have a long and proud marathon tradition, and we are one of the nations that have created and shaped the canoe marathon. It will be a celebration of that tradition. The World Championships also becomes a celebration of our talented athletes.

– The World Championships is an opportunity for the Danish Canoe Federation to show responsibility. Responsibility for developing the sport, responsibility for displaying the sport, responsibility for staging sports competitions in a sustainable and environmentally friendly manner.

– When we attract the ICF Canoe Marathon World Championships to Denmark, it is a continuation of our successful event strategy. The success is due to reliable and competent partners in Sport Event Denmark, the Triangle Region and the Municipality of Vejen. We will benefit from this when we use the championships to promote the sport in the broadest possible sense in the Triangle area, says Ole Tikjøb, president, Danish Canoe Federation.

Behind the Danish bid is a strong collaboration between the Triangle Area Denmark, the Danish Canoe Federation (DKF) and Sport Event Denmark.

The Triangle Region has more events in the pipeline: In 2020, the World Urban Orienteering Championships 2020 will be staged in Kolding, Vejle, and Fredericia. In 2021, the Tour de France Grand Depart will visit the city of Vejle, while in 2022 Haderslev will host the UCI Mountainbike Marathon World Championships 2022.

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Tour de France to start in Denmark in 2021

The greatest cycling race in the world will meet the best cycling city in the world. Denmark and capital Copenhagen will host the Grand Départ and two more stages of the 2021 edition of the Tour de France.

Denmark has a unique cycling culture with a great part of the population riding their bikes to and from school or work every day. Cycling is a part of the Danish DNA, and Copenhagen has been named the best cycling city in the world.

Therefore, Denmark is guaranteed to deliver a truly unique setting for the start of the Tour de France in 2021.

On the 2nd, 3rd and 4th of July 2021, Denmark will host the first three stages of the Tour de France under the headline “Grand Départ Copenhagen – Denmark”.

The opening stage, the Grand Départ, will take place in the cycling-friendly capital featuring an approx. 13-kilometre time trial in central Copenhagen.

Lord Mayor of Copenhagen, Frank Jensen remarks:

“It is a tremendous honour to host the Grand Départ of the Tour de France in 2021! The best cycling city in the world welcomes the greatest cycling race in the world. The Grand Depart in 2021 will be the biggest sporting event ever held in Denmark. We look forward to celebrating together and showing the world our passion: the Tour de France and our unique bicycling culture.”

The following two stages will pass along beautiful coastlines, through historic cities and across spectacular bridges, traversing varied landscapes throughout Denmark.

The second Danish stage on 3 July will feature an approx. 190-kilometre route from Roskilde to Nyborg across the spectacular Great Belt Bridge. The third stage will be an approx. 170-kilometre route from Vejle to Sønderborg on 4 July.

The Tour de France is broadcast in 190 countries and has about 3.5 billion TV viewers during the race. Over 900,000 spectators are expected to attend the three Danish stages.

The Minister for Industry, Business and Financial Affairs, Rasmus Jarlov comments:

”I am very excited about getting the Tour de France to Denmark. This will be a huge celebration for all of Denmark and for cycling fans all over the world. And it will be a great opportunity for us to show to the world what Denmark has to offer in terms of beautiful scenery, historic sights, our unique cycling culture, our life style, smart city solutions and so much more. It is an amazing branding opportunity for Denmark and I very much look forward to July 2021.”

Denmark officially submitted its bid for a Grand Départ two and a half years ago. Along the way, both the royal family, the government, municipalities and regions, Wonderful Copenhagen, and Sport Event Denmark have been focused on getting the race to Denmark.

Race director Christian Prudhomme is excited about Denmark being elected as host for the Grand Depart 2021:

”Of course the Tour de France, with the best professional sports cyclists in the world, had to visit Denmark and Copenhagen – the best country and the city in the world for every day cycling. The Grand Départ Copenhague – Danemark 2021 is the ‘rendez-vous’ to celebrate the mutual inspiration between every cycling and professional cycling.”

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Royal Visit at the 2019 UCI Cyclo-Cross World Championships

PRESS RELEASE

Royal Visit at the 2019 UCI Cyclo-Cross World Championships in Bogense, Denmark

An event is only as good as its organization, and in this respect, the UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships are certainly in excellent hands. The Danish Cycling Union, North Funen Business and Tourism Association, Sport Event Fyn and Sport Event Denmark vouch for an excellent event and they look forward to welcoming HRH The Crown Prince of Denmark at the 2019 UCI Cyclo-Cross World Championships.

“It will be a great pleasure to show The Crown Prince a set-up along the seaside which we together with The Danish Cycling Union, North Funen Business and Tourism Association, and Sport Event Denmark have designed for the Worlds. HRH The Crown Prince already had a taste of the cycling terrain of Fyn himself as he did a test ride on the course for last summer’s Cross Triathlon World Championship. We are proud of being able to stage these major, international cycling events in Fyn,” says Jakob Staun, Business Manager at Sport Event Fyn.

”The fact that HRH The Crown Prince will visit is of major value to us and the event. It is also a seal of approval of North Funen as an innovative and epic part of the Kingdom of Denmark,” says Per Olesen, CEO, North Funen Business and Tourism Association.

With the royal visit comes an extra positive focus on the event and the spectacular discipline, Cyclo-Cross. Cyclo-Cross is a relatively minor discipline in Denmark with great growth potential for the riders and spectators.

At Sport Event Denmark, CEO, Lars Lundov, emphasizes the importance of the royal visits at major, international sporting events on Danish soil.

“We are honored that HRH The Crown Prince will visit Bogense and the UCI Cyclo-Cross World Championships. The Crown Prince is a frequent and highly appreciated guest at many of the major, international sporting events staged in Denmark. We are of course both happy and proud of his visits. The Crown Prince who is also an IOC member is a great promoter for sports on the field and outside. We thus look forward to welcoming His Royal Highness to the Worlds.

Facts

  • From February 2nd and 3rd 2019
  • 250 riders, 25 nations
  • Expected spectators: 15.000-20.000
  • 500 VIP-guest per day
  • 300 TV and media representatives
  • TV-coverage in 30-35 countries
  • 18-20 TV-stations
  • Expected: Over 40 million TV-viewers globally

2019 UCI Cyclo-Cross World Championships in Bogense is hosted by CrossDenmark – a cooperation between the Danish Cycling Union, North Funen Business and Tourism Association, Sport Event Fyn and Sport Event Denmark.

 

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New report – Hempel Sailing World Championships delivers significant local and global impact

Hempel Sailing World Championships delivers significant local and global impact, setting a new standard for sustainable international events

PRESS RELEASE ON BEHALF OF WORLD SAILING

The Hempel Sailing World Championships Aarhus 2018 in Denmark delivered a significant direct economic and global media impact according to the Sportcal Global Sports Impact (GSI) Event Study published today.

Held from 30 July through to 12 August 2018, the event was the largest, most successful and sustainable Sailing World Championships in history with a cumulative attendance of 400,000 spectators of which 151,414 were unique. As a result of this, the event delivered a three-fold return in direct economic impact (DKK 149.83 million ($22.94m USD)) to the local economy.

According to Sportcal’s GSI ranking of World Championships in summer Olympic sports and disciplines, which looked at a total of 30 events from 2017 and 2018, the Hempel Sailing World Championships Aarhus 2018 ranked fourth out of 25 events in attendance and fourth out of 30 in the number of athletes competing.

Sportcal undertook detailed analysis across eight pillars of impact, as established by the GSI methodology. These comprise: Economic, Tourism, Media, Social Media, Sponsorship, Sporting, Social and Sustainability.

Click here to view the Hempel Sailing World Championships Aarhus 2018 GSI Event Study.

Sustainability was a key element of the Championships and Aarhus 2018 partnered with Worldperfect to deliver an integrated sustainability plan, based on World Sailing’s Sustainability Agenda 2030.

The Maritime Festival was an important touchpoint to showcase sustainability measures and 95% of the visitors stated that the waste sorting initiatives were positive. In total, 5 tonnes of food was converted into 7.5 tonnes of biogas and 52% of all waste from the event was recycled.

All trams and buses were free for all athletes, spectators and officials during the Championships period and the bikes provided by the city to personnel at the event cycled more than 15,000km in total.

Commenting on the sustainability measures during the event, IOC President Thomas Bach said, “I think it’s remarkable that World Sailing, Aarhus and Denmark have built programmes with regard to sustainability. This is a benchmark project for these kind of World Championships.”

Worldwide, 75 broadcasters showed live, delayed or highlights coverage of the event in 198 nations and territories. A unique audience of 15.67 million watched more than 7.55 million hours of television coverage worldwide. In Denmark alone, 30 hours of the event were broadcast live on the domestic broadcaster, DR.

The presentation of the championship across broadcast and digital properties was complemented by SAP’s Sailing Analytics. Live data and insights on each competitor, competition status and live weather information was publicly available on SAP’s platform and was seamlessly incorporated into the live broadcast to explain how races were won and lost throughout the competition. This, with the addition of drones and helicopters, ensured the broadcast presentation of the sport reached new heights.

In total, 1,247 sailors from 84 nations were represented across the ten Olympic Events as well as Men’s and Women’s Kiteboarding; the highest since the events inception in 2003.

The event was supported by 25 partners including three main sponsors, one of which was Hempel who were recently announced as World Sailing’s Official Coatings Partner as a result of the successful collaboration during Aarhus. In addition there were 15 official partners and seven institutional partners.

A significant legacy of the event is the International Sailing Centre and training of race officials and volunteers, with over 100 organisations involved in the planning and delivery of the event. The Sailing Centre will allow the city of Aarhus to host future major sailing and maritime events with skilled personnel available to deliver on the requirements. Furthermore, there has been a greater uptake in membership of maritime clubs and organisations in the city as a result of the championships.

Kim Andersen, President of World Sailing, said, “The Hempel Sailing World Championships Aarhus 2018 was the most successful to date. The results generated across the eight pillars of impact are truly encouraging and highlight that the investments of our valued partners – Hempel, Sport Event Denmark and Aarhus Events – has truly paid off.

“Spectator and athlete participation numbers were outstanding and the comparisons against other sports provided within the GSI Report show that sailing is a global leader within the sports community.”

Lars Lundov, CEO of Sport Event Denmark, commented, ”Denmark had high expectations for the Hempel Sailing World Championships last summer in Aarhus, the City of Sails. With the event study by Sportcal we can now add some great details to the event; sailors competed across all ten Olympic sailing events as well as kiteboarding representing 84 nations. Crowds of spectators gathered on the stands and the event got an impressive media coverage.”

Rabih Azad-Ahmad, Cultural Mayor, The City of Aarhus, added, “I am both very happy and proud that the Hempel Sailing World Championships Aarhus 2018 received such great feedback. From day one it was our goal to create a huge event which would be a game changer for the sport of sailing. We were determined to attract ordinary people with no previous interest in sailing and involve the city and the civil community while having focus on vital values such as sustainability.

“Obviously, the appraisal is a huge recognition of the great effort Aarhus and the Danish sailing community have put into the event and as a city, Aarhus will use the experiences in new major international events to come.”

Editors’ notes:

About World Sailing

World Sailing is the world governing body for the sport of sailing, officially recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC).

Founded in 1907, World Sailing’s vision is for a world in which millions more people fall in love with sailing; inspired by the unique relationship between sport, technology and the forces of nature; we all work to protect the waters of the world.

World Sailing is made up of 144 Member National Authorities, the national governing bodies for sailing around the world and 117 World Sailing Class Associations.

Visit www.sailing.org or contact marketing@sailing.org to find out more.

 

 

 

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Denmark will host the greatest badminton events

Denmark will play the host of the Thomas & Uber Cup 2020 and BWF World Championships 2023. Badminton World Federation has just awarded the two events to Denmark. It is the first time Denmark will host Thomas & Uber Cup and the fifth time for the BWF World Championships.

Denmark did it again!

Denmark attracted two of the greatest badminton events. Thomas & Uber Cup will be staged in Aarhus, Denmark, and BWF World Championships will be staged in Copenhagen, Denmark. The decision was made Thursday by Badminton World Federation, BWF, in Kuala Lumpur.

– The decision today further strengthens the partnership between BWF and Danish badminton. Denmark is a skilled event nation and therefore an attractive destination for our major championships. We look forward to the cooperation with Badminton Denmark, Sport Event Denmark, and the host cities Copenhagen and Aarhus, says BWF president Poul-Erik Høyer.
Badminton Denmark looks forward to hosting both championships:
– We are happy and proud that our long-term event strategy with Sport Event Denmark results in two of the greatest badminton events to be staged in Denmark. The work we each year put into DANISA DENMARK OPEN presented by VICTOR is at a very high level. We look forward to welcoming fans to the Thomas & Uber Cup and the BWF World Championships in world-class settings, says Bo Jensen, CEO, Badminton Denmark.

Sport Event Denmark shares the excitement:
– It’s a feather in the cap! The fact that Denmark will stage the Thomas & Uber Cup and the BWF World Championships underlines that Denmark is a strong badminton nation with a solid history when we talk about hosting the major, international sporting and badminton events, says Lars Lundov, CEO, Sport Event Denmark.
Thomas & Uber Cup will be held at Ceres Park & Arena in Aarhus – the same location as FZ FORZA/RSL DM, the Danish national championships, is held. In Aarhus they look forward to welcoming both players, coaches, staff, volunteers and not least spectators from all around the globe.

– Aarhus has gained a strong reputation in hosting major, international culture and sporting events. With Thomas & Uber Cup 2020 we continue this solid work, as Aarhus adds another international event to the calendar and creates a badminton festival for the entire town, says mayor Jacob Bundsgaard.

Mayor for Sport and Culture in Aarhus, Rabih Azad-Ahmad, adds:
– Fantastic news. In Aarhus, we will invite the town and the entire world to a gigantic badminton party. We have a strong tradition in staging international championships and raising the bar while embracing the town. We did so during the Sailing World Championships this summer and we look forward to repeating the work with Thomas & Uber Cup.

In the Danish capital, Copenhagen, mayor Frank Jensen looks forward to 2023 as the city will host the BWF World Championships.
– As Lord Mayor, I look forward to welcoming the World’s best badminton players and their fans to wonderful Copenhagen. I am sure that they will have a great time at Royal Arena and enjoy the Nordic cuisine as well as the hip, laid back atmosphere of our city, he says.

Likewise, the capital tourism organization Wonderful Copenhagen is excited about the news:
– BWF choosing Copenhagen as host city for the BWF World Championships is once again underlining Copenhagen’s position as being in the top 8 of the world’s best sport cities. We are proud to be a part of the collaboration behind Copenhagen’s bid for this event and we are looking forward to welcoming badminton enthusiasts from all over the world, says Mikkel Aarø-Hansen, CEO of Wonderful Copenhagen.

Denmark will play host of the Thomas & Uber Cup for the first time. The staging of the BWF World Championships will be for the fifth time.

Facts
The Danish Bid delegation consisted of:
Badminton Denmark: Brian Bach Moesgaard, Event Manager
Sport Event Denmark: Frederik Munk, senior event manager
Aarhus: Jørn Sønderkjær Christensen, head of events
Copenhagen: Lars Vallentin Christensen, head of events
Thomas & Uber Cup 2020 will be staged in Ceres Park & Arena in Aarhus. May 2020
BWF World Championships 2023 will be staged in Royal Arena in Copenhagen
Denmark has played the host of the World Badminton Championships in 2014, 1999, 1991, and 1983 as well as Sudirman Cup in 1991, and 1999.

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Denmark to host 2019 IWRF European Championship

Denmark to host 2019 IWRF European Championship: August 3 to 12 In Vejle, Denmark

The 2019 International Wheelchair Rugby Federation European Championship Division A will be held from August 3 to 12, 2019, in Vejle, Denmark, hosted by Parasport Denmark.
Host nation Denmark will be joined by France, Germany, Great Britain, Poland, and Sweden, who earned their positions at the 2017 Division A Championship. The field of eight teams will be completed by the top two finishers at the 2018 European Championship Division B, to be held October 7 to 15, 2018, in Pajulahti, Finland.

John Petersson, Chair of Parasport Denmark, said “The Municipality of Vejle, Sport Event Denmark and we are very pleased that IWRF has seen our vision and has confidence in our ability to host an event like the European Championship. We can’t wait to get started and will do our best, in close cooperation with IWRF, to make an unforgettable event.”
“Denmark has hosted several successful IWRF events, including the 2014 Wheelchair Rugby World Championship in Odense. The bid we received from Vejle was excellent and we look forward to returning to Denmark in 2019 for our European Championship,” said Eron Main, Chief Executive Officer of IWRF.

The European Championship Division A is the top tier of Wheelchair Rugby in Europe. The top two teams from this event will secure spots at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. The bottom two teams will be relegated to Division B in 2020.

The tournament draw for the Division A Championship will be held by IWRF in early 2019.
Denmark has previously hosted the IWRF European Championship in 2005 and 2009. They finished seventh at the 2018 IWRF World Championship and are currently ranked eighth on the IWRF World Ranking List.

About the IWRF
The International Wheelchair Rugby Federation (IWRF) is the governing body responsible for the sport of Wheelchair Rugby. Our mission is to grow and support the global wheelchair rugby family, with a vision to be a world leader in wheelchair sport. For more information please visit our website at www.iwrf.com

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Draw for the IHF Men’s World Championship 2019

Monday 25 June marked the first step on the path towards the World Championship title with the draw for the competition in Copenhagen.

The picturesque Town Hall of Copenhagen hosted the draw for the IHF Men’s World Championship 2019 in Germany and Denmark on 25 June. The entire area in and around the Town Hall was transformed into a huge handball event throughout the day with street handball in the Town Hall Square, shootout competitions, music and much more.

The Germans got paired with preassigned Korea to play the opening match. In the group were also powerhouse and reigning World Champions France as well as Russia, Serbia and Brazil in a very interesting Group A. Croatia was preassigned in Munich based Group B where the draw mixed them with European Champions Spain and Macedonia, Iceland, Bahrain and Japan.

In the Danish bracket, the hosts were teamed up with fellow Scandinavians Norway, Austria, Tunesia, Chile and Saudi Arabia in Group C. Neighboring Sweden were beforehand secured a place in Copenhagen’s Group D, and the draw saw them paired with Hungary, Qatar, Argentina, Egypt and Angola.The 26th IHF Men’s World Championship 2019 in Germany and Denmark will be played 10 January-27 January. The venues are Herning, Copenhagen (Denmark – where Sport Event Denmark is a partner), Hamburg, Berlin, Cologne and Munich (Germany). The semi-finals will be played at Hamburg’s Barclaycard Arena while the finals will take place in Herning’s Jyske Bank Boxen.

The venues for Germany/Denmark are Herning, Copenhagen (Denmark – where Sport Event Denmark is a partner), Hamburg, Berlin, Cologne and Munich (Germany). The semi-finals will be played at Hamburg’s Barclaycard Arena while the finals will take place in Herning’s Jyske Bank Boxen.

Tickets for the World Championship are available via www.handball19.com. The match days for Germany and Denmark in case of qualification for the main round are January 19, 21 and 23.

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Volvo Ocean Race: ‘Fly by’ hits Aarhus, Denmark

In a mild breeze, the Volvo Ocean Race hit Aarhus’ inner harbor with a ‘Fly By’. Thousands of spectators had gathered to witness first-hand the drama about the podium, while more than one million followed the race online.

The world’s longest offshore sailing competition visited Aarhus today on the last and shortest legs of the Volvo Ocean Race. The crews had been heading for Denmark from Gothenburg to make a ‘fly by’ in Denmark on the way to Dutch The Hague.

A vibrant mix of youthful energy and a blast from the past makes Aarhus a city with an energetic beat. Aarhus has a strong link to the sea and sailing. This year not only does the Volvo Ocean Race make its very first appearance to Danish shores but Aarhus will host the Hempel Sailing World Championships from 30 July to 12 August, a qualifying event for the Olympics 2020.

Today’s event was also a small preview of how the city and especially the new harbor area with the International Sailing Center will stage international sailing events.

The director of Sport Event Denmark was also very pleased with the Volvo Ocean Race short visit and with the focus the race has put on Aarhus and Denmark nationally and internationally:

“Today we have seen the Formula 1 of the Oceans, the Volvo Ocean Race, ‘Fly By’ Aarhus and, in six weeks, the world’s elite in all Olympic boat classes will come the World Sailing Championships also here in Aarhus. There was a festive celebration of sailing on the harbor today and the festivity will continue in August, because the new harbor area is designed for vivid activities on land and on the water. The many major international sailing events brand Denmark as a sailing nation and destination, “says Lars Lundov, CEO of Sport Event Denmark, that partners both today’s ‘Fly By’ and the Hempel Sailing World Championships in August.

Today’s ‘Flyby’ of the fleet was staged by the City of Aarhus together with Sport Event Denmark.