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EHF redefines approach to upcoming Younger Age Category events

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The European Handball Federation has redefined its approach to the upcoming Younger Age Category events, namely the Men’s 20 and Men’s 18 EHF EUROs and EHF Championships, which were scheduled for January 2021.

Taking input from all stakeholders, including the Nations Board, a careful analysis of the situation took place and contact with the organisers of all tournaments in question was established.

In the light of the current health situation, challenges were observed in terms of control of the environment for the players and in terms of potential financial risks for the organisers in case additional measures are introduced by the respective local authorities.

At the same time, the responsibility to ensure playing possibilities for the different handball generations was clearly underlined.

With the analysis at hand, the EHF opted to cancel four competitions – the Men’s 18 and Men’s 20 EHF EUROs scheduled to take place in Slovenia and Croatia respectively, and the Men’s 20 EHF Championships scheduled to take place in Bosnia Herzegovina and Latvia in January 2021.

The Men’s 18 EHF Championships are postponed to August 2021 and will take place in Bulgaria, North Macedonia and Latvia.

The Men’s 18 and Men’s EHF 20 EURO teams will continue their path to the under-19 and under-21 IHF World Championships in summer 2021 with a specific qualification mode in which the teams ranked 13th and 14th will face the previously promoted promoted teams.

The qualification mode will follow the number of European places in the World Championship and grant a fair competition situation at the same time; specific information to the four M18 and four M20 teams will follow separately.

The female Younger Age Category events, scheduled for summer 2021, remain unchanged.

Overview YAC events 2021

Competition

Planned date

New date

Planned organiser

New organiser

M18 EHF EURO

January 2021

Cancelled

Slovenia

 

M18 EHF Championship

January 2021

15 to 22 August 2021

Bulgaria

Bulgaria

M18 EHF Championship

January 2021

15 to 22 August 2021

North Macedonia

North Macedonia

M18 EHF Championship

January 2021

15 to 22 August 2021

Montenegro

Latvia

MU19 WCh (IHF)

2 to 15 August 2021

18 to 29 August 2021 (tbc by IHF)

Greece

Greece (tbc by IHF)

M20 EHF EURO

January 2021

Cancelled

Croatia

 

M20 EHF Championship

January 2021

Cancelled

Bosnia-Herzegovina

 

M20 EHF Championship

January 2021

Cancelled

Latvia

 

MU21 WCh (IHF)

23 June to 4 July 2021

23 June to 4 July 2021 (tbc by IHF)

Hungary

Hungary (tbc by IHF)

M17 European Open

5 to 9 July 2021

5 to 9 July 2021

Sweden

Sweden

W19 EHF EURO

8 to 18 July 2021

8 to 18 July 2021

Slovenia

Slovenia

W19 EHF Championship

10 to 18 July 2021

10 to 18 July 2021

Italy

Italy

W19 EHF Championship

10 to 18 July 2021

10 to 18 July 2021

North Macedonia

North Macedonia

WU18 WCh (IHF)

December 2020

Tbd by IHF

Croatia

Croatia (tbd by IHF)

WU20 (IHF)

December 2020

Tbd by IHF

Romania

Romania (tbd by IHF)

W17 EHF EURO

5 to 15 August 2021

5 to 15 August 2021

Montenegro

Montenegro

W17 EHF Championship

7 to 15 August 2021

7 to 15 August 2021

Georgia

Georgia

W17 EHF Championship

7 to 15 August 2021

7 to 15 August 2021

Lithuania

Lithuania

 

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