eurohandball.com interviewed Ole Jørstad, Chairman of the EHF Beach Handball Commission, on the eve of the 2013 European Beach Handball Championship in Rander
Jørstad : “The signal that Lindberg sends to players and coaches is fantastic.”
At the 2012 EHF Congress, Norwegian Ole Jørstad was elected chairman of the EHF Beach Handball Commission.
Coming now into his first European Championship as the commission’s new chair, he talks to eurohandball.com about the upcoming final tournament in Randers (9 to 14 July), the commission’s plans to further develop the sport and to increase its popularity.
Mr. Jørstad, the Men’s 19 and Women’s 19 European Beach Handball Championships have just come to an end. What was your impression of this prelude to the senior national teams’ tournament?
And what’s your opinion on the surroundings? The centre court was jam-packed for the Women’s 19 final between Denmark and Hungary.
What does this make you expect for the senior national teams European Championships which throw off on 9 July?
From the chairman of the EHF Beach Handball Commission's point of view, where does the sport stand at the moment?
So we have a tough challenge ahead to bring the next nations into beach handball.
Where would you like to take the sport to, say in the next 5 to 10 years?
In ten years we should have at least 80 per cent of the federations play beach handball.
What are the steps the EHF Beach Handball Commission aims to take to achieve this aim?
The idea is to invite the national champions from all countries to Spain to compete. And we hope that these two events, the Champions Cup and the ebt will make it attractive for federations to sign up for the European Championships. This is one of the short term goals we are working on.
Which teams do you see in the favourites’ role at the European Championships in Randers?
Spain, of course, will come with a good men’s team. And maybe there will be some surprise packages. We certainly hope so. But either way, it will be a fantastic championship.
What does it mean for beach handball to have such an ambassador?
It is great marketing for beach handball. But the most important is the signal it sends to other players in Europe: that playing indoor and on the beach can be a good combination. This signal he sends to the player and the coaches all across Europe is fantastic.
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