Handball: Romania could lose organizing the pre-Olympic tournament

Even though Romania finished 3rd in the World Championship, which would have allowed our country to host one of the three competitions for qualification to Rio de Janeiro Olympics, Romania may lose that right.
It is strange that the International Handball Federation (IHF) seems to have chosen Denmark, the country that recently organized the World Championship, to have the right to organize the pre-Olympic tournament, after the IHF officials have considered this case in economic terms. The ruling is not official yet, but the tournament expected in Cluj might be played, instead, in Herning, Denmark.
Romania’s national women’s handball team will play with the host country Denmark, against Montenegro and Uruguay. The first two teams will qualify for the Olympics in Rio. “There isn’t yet an official confirmation, but if the news is confirmed we are disappointed. Unfortunately, we are a small country, but we will go there to qualify for the Olympics,” Alexandru Dedu, Romanian Handball Federation (FRH) President said for ProSport.
The Danish publication ‘Ekstrabladet’ informs that the handball Federation in Copenhagen has lobbied hard to get the organizing of the pre-Olympic tournament.
“The President of the Danish Handball Federation, Per Bertelsen, has used his influence to persuade the IHF President, Hassan Moustafa, which whom he has an excellent relationship. The World Championship in Denmark was a success, and the Egyptian attended the tournament from the first day,” wrote the source.
The Netherlands, world Vice-champion, and Poland (4th at the World Championship) have lost the right to organize pre-Olympic tournament in favour of France or Russia.

Alexandru DeduClujDenmarkEkstrabladethandballHassan MoustafaIHFPer Bertelsenpre-Olympic tournamentRio de Janeiro OlympicsWorld Championship
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