New president elected as the EHF enters a new era
The EHF witnessed a significant change at the 13th Ordinary EHF Congress, which took place on 17/18 November 2016 in the beautiful setting of St. Wolfgang in Austria, close to Salzburg.
Not only did the federation celebrate its 25th anniversary but with elections for political positions right across the federation, there was to be a changing of the guard with a new generation stepping up to take the lead.
Out of the 59 positions either elected or nominated, a total of 22 new people were to take office within the EHF for the first time.
The new elections also brought with them a broad representation of the national federation’s within the EHF’s political structure. Out of the 50 member federations, no fewer than 30 nations are represented.
43 men and 16 women hold positions, with the EHF Executive Committee having nominated a number of additional people to commissions to ensure gender representation.
Michael Wiederer steps up as president
He was the only candidate for the position and succeeds Jean Brihault, who has was EHF president from 2012 to 2016. Because of the age limit 69-year-old Brihault was not permitted to run for another four-year term.
Wiederer is the fourth president of the EHF. The first was Swede Stefan Holmqvist who headed the federation from its foundation in 1991 until 2004. Holmqvist was succeeded by Tor Lian, who was the president from 2004 to 2012. Jean Brihault succeeded Lian at the EHF Congress 2012 in Monaco.
Nominated by the Austrian Handball Federation, Wiederer was unanimously elected as the new EHF president, which was greeted with a standing ovation from delegates present in the auditorium.
More new faces in the EHF Executive Committee
There were significant changes too within the top body charged with leading the federation, the EHF Executive Committee.
Several stalwarts of the federation ended their careers with the EHF, including the retiring president, Jean Brihault; vice president, Arne Elovsson and treasurer, Ralf Dejaco.
Predrag Boskovic, who in his day job serves as Minister of Defence in Montenegro, was elected to the vice president’s position.
The Dane and former top referee, Henrik La Cour, was the only candidate for the treasurer’s position and was duly confirmed by Congress.
President of the Serbian Handball Federation, Bozidar Djurkovic, was elected as chairman of the Competitions Commission; Jerzy Eliasz was re-elected to the Methods Commission as was the Norwegian Ole R. Jørstad to the Beach Handball Commission.
In addition, Hungary’s Gabriella Horvath stepped up from her role within the Beach Handball Commission to become an ordinary member of the executive as did Latvia’s Anrijs Brencans. The former Swedish national team and THW Kiel player, Stefan Lövgren, was also elected to this position.
The final two places in the EHF Executive Committee representing the Professional Handball Board and Women’s Handball Board were confirmed at their meeting in Gothenburg on 15 December 2016 on the fringes of the Women’s EHF EURO.
The Women’s Handball Board decided to go for a unique split nomination for the next four-year period.
Narcisa Lecusanu (ROU) will serve for the first two years and Nodjialem Myaro (FRA) for the second two-year period. Pirje Orasson (EST) was elected vice chair.
FC Barcelona Manager and President of Forum Club Handball, Xavier O’Callaghan (ESP), was elected chairman of the Professional Handball Board and Frank Bohmann (GER) was elected vice chairman.
Final nominations from the Executive
Just hours after the completion of the Congress, the EHF Executive Committee reached its first decisions with the nomination of representatives to the remaining positions, defined by the statutes and including additional gender representatives.
Additionally, the EHF Executive Committee nominated Predrag Boskovic (MNE), the newly elected vice president, as the EHF representative on the IHF Council and confirmed the EHF president, Michael Wiederer to the position of IHF vice president (Europe).
Congress extends gender representation
Following motions from both the Norwegian Handball Federation and the EHF itself, the federation took another step further in the promotion of gender equality within its federations.
Congress accepted the proposals that the principle of gender representation agreed at the EHF Congress in Monaco in 2012, should be further extended to the federation’s legal bodies.
A further motion from the Norwegians was also confirmed and will see changes to the statutes to ensure that any EHF body consisting of two to four members will have both genders represented and any body of more than five members both genders must be represented by a minimum of two persons.
A re-submitted proposal from the Austrian Handball Federation seeking to extend the age limit for members of the EHF Executive Committee from 68 to 72 failed once again to gain acceptance from the national federations
2016 Congress Election Results
Executive Committe (EXEC)
|President||Michael WIEDERER / AUT||new function|
|Vice President||Predrag BOSKOVIC / MNE||new function|
|Treasurer||Henrik LA COUR / DEN||new member|
|Chairman CC||Bozidar DJURKOVIC / SRB||new function|
|Chairman MC||Jerzy ELIASZ / POL||re-elected|
|Chairman BC||Ole R. JORSTAD / NOR||re-elected|
|Member||Stefan LÖVGREN / SWE||new member|
|Member||Gabriella HORVATH / HUN||new function|
|Member||Anrijs BRENCANS / LAT||new member|
|Chairman PHB||Xavier O'Callaghan / ESP||Chairman PHB|
|Chairperson WHB||Narcisa Lecusanu / ROM||Chairperson WHB|
Competitons Commission (CC)
|Member Men's Competions||Jan KAMPMAN / DEN||new member|
|Member Women's Competitons||Carmen MANCHADO / ESP||re-elected|
|Member Refereeing||Dragan NACHEVSKI / MKD||re-elected|
|Member Club Competitions||Radoslaw WASIAK / FCH / POL||nominated|
Methods Commission (MC)
|Member Methods and Coaching||Sjors RÖTTGER / NED||re-elected|
|Member Education and Training||Peter KOVACS / HUN||re-elected|
|Member Youth, School and Non-competitive sport||Klaus FELDMANN / GER||new member|
|Member Development||Pedro SEQUEIRA / POR||re-elected|
|Member||Marta BON / SLO||new Member|
Beach Handball Commission (BC)
|Member Events and Competitions||Marco TRESPIDI / ITA||re-elected|
|Member Officiating||Ivan SABOVIK / SVK||new member|
|Member Game Design and Coaching||Juan Carlos ZAPARDIEL / ESP||new member|
|Member Development and Promotion||Georgios BEBETSOS / GRE||re-elected|
|Member||Jelena RAKONJAC / SRB||new member|
|Member||Alain KOUBI /FRA||new member|
|Member||Jutta EHRMANN / GER||new member|
|Substitute||Robert PRETTENTHALER / AUT||re-elected|
Court of Handball (COH)
|President||Panos ANTONIOU / CYP||new function|
|Vice President||Henk LENAERTS / NED||new function|
|Vice President||Kristian JOHANSEN /FAR||new member|
|Member||Elena BORRAS ALCARAZ / ESP||new member|
|Member||Ioannis KARANASOS / GRE||re-elected|
|Member||Libena SRAMKOVA / CZE||new member|
|Member||Yvonne LEUTHOLD / SUI||new member|
|Member||Urmo SITSI / EST||new member|
|Member||Viktor KONOPLIASTYI / UKR||re-elected|
Court of Appeal (COA)
|President||Markus PLAZER / AUT||re-elected|
|Vice President||Jens B. RASMUSSEN / DEN||re-elected|
|Member||Nicolae VIZITIU / MDA||re-elected|
|Member||Robert CZAPLICKI / POL||new member|
|Member||Maxim GULEVICH / RUS||new member|
|Member||Roland SCHNEIDER / SUI||re-elected|
|Member||Milan PETRONIJEVIC / SRB||re-elected|
|Member||Janka STASOVA / SVK||new member|
|Member||Ketevan KOBERIDZE / GEO||new member|
EHF Court of Arbitration Council (ECC)
|President||Francesco PURROMUTO / ITA||new member|
|Vice President||Jacques BETTENFELD / FRA||re-elected|
|Vice President||Bogdan SOJKIN / POL||new member|
Nations Board (NB)
|Chairman||Morten Stig CHRISTENSEN / DEN||re-elected|
|Deputy Chairman||Philippe BANA / FRA||re-elected|
|Member||Mark SCHOBER / GER||new member|
|Member||Marek GORALCZYK / POL||re-elected|
|Member||Ingo MECKES / SUI||new member|
|Member||Stephen NEILSON / GBR||re-elected|
Women´s Handball Board (WHB)
|Chairperson (2018-2020)||Nodjialem MYARO / FRA||re-elected|
|Chairperson (2016-2018)||Narcisa LECUSANU / ROU||new member|
|Vice Chairperson||Prirje ORASSON / EST||re-elected|
|Member||Leonor MALLOZZI / POR||new member|
|Member||Deja IVANOVIC / SLO||new member|
|Member||Liudmila BODNIEVA / RUS||new member|
Professional Handball Board (PHB)
|Chairman||Xavier O'Callaghan / ESP||new member|
|Member||Frank Bohmann / GER||re-elected|
|Member||Marcus Rominger / GER||member|
|Member||Morten Stig Christensen / DEN||member|
|Member||Philippe Bana / FRA||member|
|Member||Peter Gentzel / SWE||member|
|Member||Gerd Butzeck / GER||member|
|Member||Michael Sahl Hansen / DEN||member|