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"The IHF shall lead, develop and promote handball around the world."

Name and Headquarters

  1.   The International Handball Federation (IHF) founded in 1946, with its headquarters in Basel, is a non-profit federation as described in art. 60 ff of the Swiss Civil Code (ZGB) and the present Statutes legally constituted with authority to achieve its goals.
  2.   The International Olympic Committee recognises the IHF as the sole representative of international handball.
  3.   Name and logo (stylised letters IHF on a circle) of the International Handball Federation are legally registered.
  4.   The IHF’s headquarters shall be Basle (Switzerland).
  5.   Any proposal to move the headquarters shall be subject to a Congress resolution based on a two-thirds majority of those members present and entitled to vote.
  6.   The IHF shall be subject to Swiss law. Basle shall be the place of jurisdiction.      

Purpose and Objectives

  1.   The IHF shall lead, develop and promote handball around the world.
  2.   It shall ensure

        2.1.  that its business is transacted pursuant to the Statutes and Regulations

        2.2. that international regulations are written and observed according to clear legal principle

    2.2.1.  The Regulations for IHF Competitions shall be based on the following principles:

  • The regulations shall be based on objective criteria.
  • The regulations shall be formulated in a clear way.
  • The regulations shall be adopted and published before the competition starts.
  • The regulations and rules cannot be changed after the competition has started.

2.3.    to draw up Statutes, Regulations and provisions and enforce their compliance

2.4.    the organisation and execution of all IHF competitions (Olympic Games, World Championships, qualifications, Intercontinental Cup, Super Globe, beach handball competitions) and the related tasks (regulations, lists of duties), with exclusive responsibility for media work, marketing and sponsorship

2.5.    that the IHF may grant the organisation of qualifications for championships to the Continental Confederations under the IHF’s full supervision. In case they are allocated the IHF must confirm the result of the allocated qualifications. The Continental Confederations must organise the qualifications for IHF championships according to the IHF Rules of the Game.

2.6.    the organisation of all IHF events (Congresses, symposia, courses, etc) and has the right to allocate them

2.7.    the promotion of handball in general (coaches, referees, doctors, mini-handball, beach handball, etc)

2.8.    the observance and support of ethics in handball 

2.9.    that action is taken in order to strengthen the unity of the IHF stakeholders and the protection of its stakeholders’ independence

2.10.  the fight against doping in handball to protect the health of the players

2.11.  to protect the independence and autonomy of the IHF and its Members and Continental Confederations to govern and regulate the sport, including exercising the right of democratic elections free from any outside influence.

3.  The IHF owns the rights pertaining to its events and products (competitions, Congresses, symposia and teaching materials) especially concerning the use of publicity rights, the marketing of television rights and other electronic, visual and print rights. The IHF may delegate these rights to the subsidiary IHF Marketing Inc. (Also see art. 18.1.)

4.  The IHF shall issue Statutes, Regulations and official Rules of the Game to regulate the relations between its stakeholders as well as subsidiaries, international associations, organisations and institutions. The IHF shall also regulate its rights and obligations towards its stakeholders.

5.  It shall control every type of stakeholder by taking appropriate steps to prevent infringements of the Statutes, Regulations, Rules of the Game or decisions of IHF ruling bodies.

       6.  The IHF may acquire, rent or sell real estate for IHF use.