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IHF - International Handball Federation

ihf-logo1 ihf-logo2 ihf-logo3 Sports games in which the ball was played with the hand have existed since the earliest times and in all epochs and cultures.
However, the modern game of team handball only emerged in the second half of the 19th century. Preliminary forms are: Initially, push ball games against or across a border (Grenzball and Raffball in Germany), then games on baskets or against nets (netball, korfball). Goals followed, but the ball was not allowed to be run and held for a maximum of three seconds (Neuer Raffball and Turmball in Germany). Finally, then games for goals, whereby the ball could be running a maximum of three steps or held for a maximum of three seconds. The latter are next to the Czech Házená, the field handball game for the female workers of the Siemens works (Catching was important in this game for girls. The throwing was a bad concession at that time. Neither the fight for the ball nor the duel were allowed. The ball had a diameter of 71 cm!), which was presented for the first time on October 29, 1917 (commonly considered the "hour of birth" of handball) by Max Heiser (1879-1921), a Berlin gymnastics functionary. But it was not until Karl Schelenz (1890-1956), teacher at the German University for Physical Culture (Deutsche Hochschule für Körperkultur), created the changed handball rules for men in 1919 that the conditions for the rapid spread, especially in German-speaking countries, were given.
Carl Diem, at that time General Secretary of the German sports organization Deutscher Reichsausschuß für Leibesübungen and Rector of the German University for Physical Culture, completed the establishment of men's field handball as an officially recognized sport on September 13, 1920. In the first international match, Germany beat Austria by 6 to 3 goals on September 3, 1925.
In November 1925 in Köln GER, the IAAF invited to the first meeting of a handball committee to be set up. Handball was understood to mean all ball games played with the hands, including court handball, fistball, bat-and-ball-games and korfball (which was later separated into basketball and korfball). The 7th IAAF Congress on 08.08.1926 in den Haag NED confirmed the founding of a special committee for handball. The task of the committee, which was formed in Köln GER on 27.11.1926, was to organize the countries playing handball and to standardize the rules.
The IAAF than prepared the establishment of an independent federation. The founding congress of the Fédération Internationale des Sports de Handball d'Amateurs (FIHA) attended by eleven countries took place on 04.08.1928 in Amsterdam NED. In 1929, the association responsible for basketball as well as field and court handball (In 1928 the following technical commissions were formed: for field handball (President Arvid Karlsson SWE after his death followed by Willy Burmeister GER on 30.08.1934, from 1934 also extended to indoor handball), Házená until 1934 included at field handball, own commission from 30.08.1934 under President František Bareš TCH, court handball (President Sean O'Hanlon IRL) and basketball (President René Beaupuis FRA, 13.05.1930 - 30.08.1934 Armand Lill FRA).) was recognized by the IOC and became a member of the Permanent Bureau of the Union des Fédérations Internationales Sportives. After the FIBB was founded as the basketball world federation in 1932, the FIHA renounced its claim to also control basketball at its congress on 30.08.1934. However, a new technical commission for fistball and volleyball (The chairman of this commission was Colonel Mieczysław Rawicz-Mysłowski POL until 13.08.1936. He was followed from January 1936 by acting secretary of the Commission Romuald Wirszyłło POL, from 13.08.1936 as President Tadeusz Kuchar POL.) was created.
After World War II, a new federation was founded on 11.07.1946 in København DEN: the International Handball Federation (IHF).

29.10.1917: The committee for women's and girls' gymnastics of Turngau II Berlin of the Deutsche Turnerschaft decided "to call the game, which was previously referred as Torball, Handball in the future" (Nachrichtenblatt für den Berliner Turnrath, no 812 of November 1917)

member federations
1928: AUT, CAN, DEN, GER, FIN (until 1936), FRA, GRE (until 1934), IRL, SWE, TCH, USA
1929: additional ARG, BRA, EGY, HUN, JPN, POL, ROU,
1934: additional BEL (until 1936), EST, HAI, LUX, NED, URU, YUG (until 1936)
1936: additional POR
1946: founding members of IHF: DEN, FIN, FRA, NED, NOR, POL, SWE, SUI
2007 159 member associations
2022 209 member associations

Presidents

Chairman of the IAAF Handball Committee
27.11.1926 - 04.08.1928 Franz-Paul Lang GER
President of FIHA
04.08.1928 - 28.08.1931 Franz-Paul Lang GER
28.08.1931 - 30.08.1934 Dr. Karl Ritter von Halt GER; acting
30.08.1934 - 09.07.1938 Dr. Karl Ritter von Halt GER
09.07.1938 - 27.12.1942 🕆 Richard Herrmann GER
28.12.1942 - 11.07.1946 -----
President of IHF
11.07.1946 - 09.09.1950 Gösta Björk SWE
09.09.1950 - 07.02.1971 🕆 Hans Baumann SUI
07.02.1971 - 23.08.1972 Paul Högberg SWE; acting
23.08.1972 - 25.07.1984 Paul Högberg SWE
25.07.1984 - 26.11.2000 Erwin Lanc AUT
26.11.2000 - Dr. Hassan Mustafa EGY

Secretaries General

Secretary General of the IAAF Handball Committee
27.11.1926 - 04.08.1928 Otto A. Schaer SUI
Secretary General of FIHA
04.08.1928 - 09.07.1938 Fritz Haßler GER
09.07.1938 - 10.07.1946 Adam Nothelfer GER
Secretary General of IHF
11.07.1946 - 09.09.1950 Carl-Filip Borgh SWE
09.09.1950 - 23.08.1972 Albert Wagner SUI
23.08.1972 - 14.09.1988 Max Rinkenburger FRG
14.09.1988 - 02.12.2004 Raymond Hahn FRA
02.12.2004 - 04.06.2009 Peter Mühlematter SUI
04.06.2009 - 02.05.2011 Joël Delplanque FRA

The position has been replaced since 2011 by that of Managing Director.

World Player of the Year

Men Women
1988 Veselin VUJOVIĆ YUG Svetlana KITIĆ YUG
1989 KANG Jae-Won KOR KIM Hyun-Mee KOR
1990 Magnus WISLANDER SWE Jasmiza KOLAR AUT
1991 - 1993 not awarded not awarded
1994 Talant DUISHEBAYEV RUS Mia HERMANSSON-HÖGDAHL SWE
1995 Jackson RICHARDSON FRA Erszébet KOSZIS HUN
1996 Talant DUISHEBAEV ESP LIM O-Kyeong KOR
1997 Stéphane STOECKLIN FRA Anja ANDERSEN DEN
1998 Daniel STEPHAN GER Trine HALTVIK NOR
1999 Rafael GUIJOSA ESP Ausra FRIDRIKAS AUT
2000 Dragan ŠKRBIĆ YUG Bojana RADULOVICS HUN
2001 YOON Kyung-Shin KOR Cecilie LEGANGER NOR
2002 Bertrand GILLE FRA CHAO Zhai CHN
2003 Ivano BALIĆ CRO Bojana RADULOVICS HUN
2004 Henning FRITZ GER Anita KULCSÁR HUN
2005 Arpad ŠTERBIK SCG Anita GÖRBICZ HUN
2006 Ivano BALIĆ CRO Nadine KRAUSE GER
2007 Nikola KARABATIC FRA Gro HAMMERSENG NOR
2008 Thierry OMEYER FRA Linn-Kristin RIEGELHUTH NOR
2009 Sławomir SZMAL POL Alison PINEAU FRA
2010 Filip JÍCHA CZE Cristina NEAGU ROU
2011 Mikkel HANSEN DEN Heidi LØKE NOR
2012 Daniel NARCISSE FRA Alexandra do NASCIMENTO BRA
2013 Domagoj DUVNJAK CRO Andrea LEKIĆ SRB
2014 Nikola KARABATIC FRA Eduarda AMORIM BRA
2015 Mikkel HANSEN DEN Cristina NEAGU ROU
2016 Nikola KARABATIC FRA Cristina NEAGU ROU
2017 not awarded not awarded
2018 Mikkel HANSEN DEN Cristina NEAGU ROU
2019 Niklas LANDIN Jacobsen DEN Stine Bredal OFTEDAL NOR
2020 not awarded not awarded
2021 Niklas LANDIN Jacobsen DEN Sandra TOFT DEN



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