The 14th Extraordinary Congress was held in Vienna in November and coincided with the 30th anniversary celebrations of the EHF.

The biggest pieces of business to take care of during the congress was the awarding of the men’s and women’s EHF EURO 2026 and 2028 events – news of which you can read on pages 96 and 97.

However, the congress also saw EHF President Michael Wiederer give a summary of the work undertaken since April’s Ordinary Congress, including the fact that the EHF Office in Vienna now has staff members from 22 nations.

The President also praised the work of everyone in handball during the on-going pandemic and paid tribute to those who made the 12 younger age category events such a huge success over the summer.

One man in particular was singled out by Wiederer. The EHF’s Chief Sports Officer Markus Glaser received a Crisis Manager of the Year award for his efforts in ensuring handball matches across club and national team competitions went ahead during the some of the most challenging times of the Covid-19.

On receiving his award, Glaser said: “Last season was a special season, but an unfortunate one we all had to go through. We didn’t want it and we didn’t like it, but we had to face it. It was challenging for our competitions regardless of country or competition, but these are situations we must always be ready to face.

“It was one of the most challenging times we have faced but face them we did. I have to thank my colleagues in the EHF, Marcos Bestilliero in the officials’ department; Ines Taekker in the club competitions department, my colleagues in the media department and at EHF Marketing for helping solving the issues and who assisted and supported me. Part of this certificate is for them.”

In other news from the congress, Secretary General Martin Hausleitner, explained the latest on the EHF’s search for a new office, or as he put it a new ‘Home of Handball’.

“We want the new house to be the ‘Home of Handball’ for all our stakeholders,” he said.

It’s a long way from the early days when, in 1992, the first office had two members of staff and two telephones. The current office in Hoffingergasse, had nine staff employed on its opening day but is now home to almost 80 in Vienna’s 12th district.

The new house is expected to open its doors for the 2024/25 season.