On 16 March 2017, the
International Handball Federation, represented by IHF President Dr Hassan Moustafa, welcomed
Fredrik Rapp, President of the Swedish Handball Federation (SHF), and SHF
Vice-President Jörgen Holmqvist to the IHF Head Office in Basle, Switzerland.
After IHF President Dr Hassan
Moustafa opened the meeting Rapp, who became SHF President in 2016 after Hans
Vestberg stepped down to assume his position as President of the Swedish
National Olympic Committee, presented the Swedish Handball Federation, the
challenges and visions of the federation and the national teams.
After ice hockey and football,
handball is the third most popular sport in Sweden, a position which they are
keen to keep. “Handball has a good position in Sweden. Like in Norway and in
Denmark. It’s a traditional sport,” said the SHF President. However, they are
facing the challenge all sports face in Sweden: “We lose a lot of people, who
leave the sport,” said Rapp. That is one of the biggest challenges the
federation has to deal with and the focus is thus on keeping the players and
On the agenda were also the
championships in Sweden where past events were evaluated with the emphasis
being put on the success of the Women’s EHF EURO 2016 in particular.
Afterwards it was discussed how
Sweden could contribute to the development of handball and at the same time how
the IHF can support the SHF in their efforts. In this context, the IHF
President pointed out that the IHF is working on several big projects in China,
the USA and India.