IHF is financially strong, won’t accept help from IOC

The International Handball Federation (IHF) has told the International Olympic Committee (IOC) that it can get by without extra financial assistance and suggested that it target available support at other bodies which may be in more need, finds out insidethegames.biz.

“This has emerged as the Basel-based body published annual accounts showing that it made a profit of CHF6.8 million (£5.5 million/$6.9 million/€6.3 million) in 2018, down from CHF15.9 million (£12.9 million/$16.1 million/€14.8 million) the previous year.

More significantly, in light of the current COVID-19-plagued circumstances confronting the sports industry, the new accounts reveal that the IHF has an exceptionally strong base of financial assets with the help of which to see out the crisis.

As of December 31 2018, the most recent accounting date, these financial assets amounted to well over CHF130 million (£105 million/$131 million/€121 million) – a figure that will be the envy of many Summer Olympic International Federations (IFs).

This is the first time that the IHF – which says it has opened a “new chapter of transparency” – has published its annual accounts on its website.

It is also thought to be the first Summer Olympic IF to have publicly acknowledged advising the IOC that its coronavirus support funding could be better utilised elsewhere.

A number of IFs representing sports included on the Tokyo 2020 programme are facing cashflow challenges of varying degrees of severity as a result of the expected postponement by one year of multi-million-dollar payments they would normally have expected to receive from the IOC soon after the Games’ completion.

“Thanks to the IHF’s healthy financial situation, we answered the IOC inviting them to dedicate the mentioned financial assistance to the IFs which are deeply affected financially by the COVID-19 pandemic and the postponement of the 2020 Olympic Games.”

The accounts also revealed that the IHF generated CHF18.6 million (£15 million/$18.8 million/€17.3 million) of event-related revenue in 2018, down from CHF32 million (£26 million/$32.3 million/€30 million) the previous year.

The biggest contributor was revenue from TV broadcasting rights at CHF12.1 million (£9.8 million/$12.2 million/€11.3 million) in 2018 and CHF22 million (£17.8 million/$22.2 million/€20.5 million) in 2017.

Revenue from marketing rights chipped in with CHF2.2 million (£1.8 million/$2.2 million/€2 million) in 2018 and CHF5.9 million (£4.8 million/$6 million/€5.5 million) in 2017.

Event-related expenses had totalled CHF4.4 million (£3.6 million/$4.4 million/€4.1 million) in 2017.”

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