The 25th edition of the ISF School Handball World Championship, which started on November 27, ended last Saturday, December 4 in Belgrade, Serbia. The event was attended by over 400 participants from 24 boys and girls teams from 13 different countries, which competed for 6 days with Brazil, Bulgaria, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and represented Sweden .
Going into this final day of competition, the girls’ final was to be decided between Egypt and Germany and the boys’ final was to be decided between Germany and Denmark. After two fierce matches, teams from Germany won in both categories. In the 3rd/4th place matches, bronze was won by Romania against Montenegro in the girls’ match, and in the boys’ match, Egypt finished 3rd, defeating a delegation from France. The Fair Play Kinderjoyofmoving trophy, which is an inseparable element of all ISF sports events, went to the boys’ team from Poland.
Similar to U15 World School Sport
The ceremony was followed by the traditional ISF Night of Nations, an evening dedicated to interaction and sharing between delegations, giving participants a chance to learn about other countries and their traditions. As with all ISF events, the sports competition was accompanied by both cultural events and educational activities throughout the week. Taking a break from the intense competition, the participants also had the opportunity to explore Belgrade on the fourth day of the event, a day dedicated to non-sporting activities.
Each day of the competition was accompanied by integration workshops for participants and judges’ seminars. In cooperation with the International Handball Federation (IHF), the seminars were carried out thanks to the work of a member of the IHF Instructors Council, Terje Anthonsen who also oversaw the entire organization of the event. All ISF events aim to have equal gender representation of the participating teams. Therefore, it was a huge success to have 12 female judges out of the 28 judges who attended the event.
Also held in Belgrade, Serbia, this WSC Handball event followed the BeTogether Ceremony template instead of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies placed in the middle of the event. The ceremony, which took place on the same day as the cultural excursions, was opened by the president of the Serbian School Sports Federation Zeljko Tanaskovicwho welcomed all the participants to Serbia, a country known worldwide for the sport of handball. He was joined on stage by the ISF Sports Director, Josip Kosutic who thanked President Tanaskovi? and his team from the Serbian Local Organizing Committee, as well as all members of the ISF Handball Technical Commission and its chairman Constantine Kaliman for their hard work in preparing and running another successful ISF event.
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Event playlist: Handball ISF World Cup | Belgrade 2021 – YouTube