Nicolas Kohlhuber, Media365: Posted on Sunday, January 3rd, 2021 at 11:56 AM
Ten days later, Egypt will host the men’s handball world championships for the second time in its history. We explain to you why a Danish successor was appointed in Cairo.
Egypt may not host the 2019 World Championships like Denmark and Germany, but the country is still the land of handball. For the second time in its history, Egypt will organize the Men’s World from January 13. Unlike Qatar in 2015, his ties to handball are due to his honor. The defending African champion has a real impact on the international stage. And not just because the pharaoh has been on the rostrum of every Continental Congress since 1987. Thanks to Hassan Moustafa, who has been president of the International Handball Federation for more than 20 years, Egypt has taken the lead in the world of handball. The Blues’ first-round room was also named after him.
The former player with a Ph.D. played a major role in the 1999 World Championships in Egypt. This is the first world championship to be held in Africa. The event returned to Tunisia in 2005 and will be held in Giza, Cairo and Alexandria this winter. At home, Roberto García Parrondo’s men will try to finish in the top 10 for the fifth time in history. In 2001, Egypt was the first non-European country to reach the semi-finals of the World Championships. This honorary title also accompanies the 1993 Junior World Championship and the 2019 Junior World Championship.
In Africa, Egypt dominates at every level
In a country where football is king, Hussein Zaki was instrumental in the democratization of handball in Egypt. The centre-back was one of the finalists in the 2001 Player of the Year election and signed for Real City the following year. It was a great first time for African players. Before joining Europe, he played for Zamalek, the most successful club in the history of the African Champions League. Thanks to the Cairo club, but also to Al Ahly and Port-Saïd, Egypt dominated the African stage with 18 victories in the 41st edition of C1, including the last five. In 2019, Alexander Athletic was even invited to the final, losing to Zamalek. This continental dominance has given handball a place in Egyptian society. At the last Olympics, Ahmed Ahmar served as his country’s flag bearer at the opening ceremony in Maracanã. An honorary proof that Egypt shines in the world of handball even without the crown.