On the day before the final matches of the Men’s EHF EURO 2014 will be played in Herning, Denmark, already the organisers of the EHF EURO 2016 have entered the stage and presented the key facts of the upcoming event.
In his opening speech, Andrzej Krasnicki, the President of the Polish Handball Federation, mentioned the long handball tradition of his federation, which just celebrated the 95th anniversary of handball in Poland.
“There are some great moments to be remembered, but 2016 will be the most important milestone for Polish handball, a new value and new energy for the development of handball in Poland and Europe,” Krasnicki said.
“Poland has a strong experience in organising big sport events, we will use this experience to show that we are a good partner for the European Handball Federation. So see you in Poland!” he added.
EHF President Jean Brihault compared the upcoming EHF EURO with the current event.
“We expect great enthusiasm and a great atmosphere in Poland. Denmark has set a very ambitious level, but we have no doubt when travelling from a country of white and red to a country of white an red it will be a remarkable event on the same level. Poland is a great handball country and we hope for a brilliant atmosphere,” Brihault said.
Prior to the Men’s EHF EURO 2016, the Polish Handball Federation is also the organiser of two Younger Age Category EHF events in 2013 and 2014.
“Those are very important tests for improving the relationship and cooperation with the EHF and to get experience,” said Marek Goralczyk, General Secretary of the Polish Handball Federation, said.
Marcin Herra, Vice President of the Polish Handball Federation and head of the organising committee of the EHF EURO 2016, presented the first facts on the event after congratulating Denmark for “hosting a great event at the heart of handball”.
Logo and two venues unveiled
Herra unveiled the logo of the event, created in the Polish national colours red and white and also gold, “as the colour of victory and success”. The logo symbolises the speed and power of handball, but also values as fair play and a warm welcome for guests.
Additionally Herra presented cities of Wroclaw and Krakow as the first two confirmed venues for the 2016 edition.
In Wroclaw the matches will take place in the Centennial Arena with a capacity of 6,500 spectators.
Krakow will host all matches of the Polish team and the final weekend in the most modern multi-purpose arena in Poland, Krakow Arena, which will have a capacity of 15,000 spectators and will be opened in May. The both remaining hosting cities will be confirmed by the end of March.
On 11 April the draw for the qualification groups (same playing system as at the present with six rounds, start in October) will be staged in the capital Warsaw.
After the completion of this qualification the draw for the final tournament will be held in June 2015. And by looking upon the process and progress of preparation by now Herra is highly optimistic: “We are on track with our plan for 2016.”
And from EHF side, Secretary General Michael Wiederer shares this opinion: “We are looking forward to the 12th EURO in the 12th different country which will be professionally organized on a high-profile.
To continue on this way we need big venues, Poland will provide those good venues, so we can hope for full halls. By now we have an excellent cooperation with the Polish Handball Federation and we are expecting a top championship in 2016.”