Championship Director of the 27th edition of the IHF Men’s Handball World Championship, Hussien Labib revealed that the tournament’s Local Organising Committee (LOC) is ready for the draw ceremony, scheduled to take place on 5 September at the Giza Pyramids Plateau.
He also confirmed that the tournament’s mascot will be the surprise of the program of the event.
“We are ready for the tournament’s Draw Ceremony that will take place at the Giza Pyramids Plateau,” Labib said.
“Only 135 attendees will show up in the Draw Ceremony due to the health restrictions and precautions,”
Labib announced, adding that the Draw Ceremony will witness great and stunning surprises including the entertainment segment and the unveiling of the Championship’s mascot.
“The renowned musician and composer Omar Khairat, will be part of the Draw Ceremony, displaying a performance of his famous music that reflects the rich Egyptian Culture. ”
“We did a great effort in designing the tournament’s mascot to be in the shape that you will witness during the ceremony,”
“The mascot resembles a mixture between the ancient Egyptian culture and heritage and the handball sport,”
“The draw will be broadcasted live on the Egyptian TV channels as well as channels in Europe and the Americas. The IHF will also live stream the draw via its social media platforms,” Labib added.
The LOC Director confirmed that Egypt faces a big challenge in hosting 32 teams for the first time in the tournament’s history whereas the previous edition was co-hosted by two countries: Germany and Denmark, with 24 participants.
The next 2023 edition will see two countries hosting the 32- teams Championship.
“Alongside the teams’ number challenge we also host the tournament despite the coronavirus pandemic as all committees are working hard to introduce a well organised ceremony,” Labib said, thanking Egypt’s President H.E. Abdel Fattah El Sisi for his continuous and unlimited support to host this tournament, Prime Minister Dr. Moustafa Madbouly, Youth & Sports Minister Dr. Ashraf Sobhy and the EHF president Hesham Nasr for their support, hoping that the event will attract the attention of the whole world.