Handball season in Denmark is over!
The Committee for Professional Handball in the Danish Handball Association has today decided to end the 2019-2020 season. The remaining part of the regular season, as well as the final and qualifying games are therefore not settled.
A comprehensive committee for professional handball has accepted a recommendation from the Danish Handball Association’s administration, which means that the season for league and 1st division ends immediately.
Based on the current positions, the tournaments end as follows:
– Team Esbjerg is named Danish champion and joins the Champions League
– Odense Handball is selected as silver winner and joins the EHF Cup (2nd place from Denmark)
– Viborg HK is crowned bronze winner and joins the EHF Cup (3rd place from Denmark)
– Herning-Ikast Handball is the cup winner and joins the EHF Cup (1st place from Denmark)
– EH Aalborg will be relegated
Primo Tours League
– Aalborg Handball is named Danish champion and joins the Champions League
– GOG Handball is selected as a silver winner and joins the EHF Cup (1st place from Denmark)
– TTH Holstebro is named bronze winner and joins the EHF Cup (2nd place from Denmark)
– Bjerringbro-Silkeborg Handball joins the EHF Cup (3rd place from Denmark)
– North Zealand Handball is relegated
1st Division ladies
– Vendsyssel Handball moves up in the HTH League
– Sæby HK and IF Stjernen move down in the 2nd division
As there are only two eligible winners of the three 2nd division pools, there will only be two relegators here.
1st Division gentlemen
– TMS Ringsted moves up Primo Tours League
– Odder Handball, FIF and Roskilde Handball move down in the 2nd division.
The relegated teams will in that order be placed on the reserve team list that will be used if a team from an overlying row withdraws or goes bankrupt before the start of the new season.
The Danish Handball Association’s chairman is upset about the end of the season:
“It’s no secret that this scenario is the worst possible thing that could happen to Danish handball. I am terribly sorry that we had to make this decision, but unfortunately it is the only right thing in the light of the situation we are in. The decision is for us in the Danish Handball Association to see the best of the possible scenarios, ”Says Per Bertelsen.
The director of the Divisional Association is also sorry for the sudden ending:
“I have a hard time describing in words how sad I think this is. But on the other hand, we have to make a decision, which is why we endorse the proposal made by the Danish Handball Association’s administration to the committee in professional handball. Now we just have to swallow this pill and then look ahead in relation to how we all get the least painful through the crisis, ”says Thomas Christensen.
The Committee for Professional Handball will discuss the consequences for the coming season as soon as possible when the corrected terms of the International Handball Federation (IHF) and the European Handball Association (EHF) are presented. Among other things, these deadlines are expected to have an impact on the already planned run of the Danish tournaments.