The OC of the 11th Handball EC invites to the Final Night Party on 21.05. The matches are played, the new champion is determined and the guests from all over Europe, the numerous volunteers, spectators, handball fans and who ever may join the party may look back to the tournament.
They may enjoy a convivial evening after an exciting week in a cozy and familiar atmosphere. Particularly the players deserve to relax after the hard challenge before they got back home.
Big Poster to click here
From 22 – 24 February 2016 the German Deaf Sports Federation undertook an inspection tour in Berlin together with EDSO-official Guido Zanecchia and EDSO-TD for Handball Jonny Gustavsson.
Norbert Hensen, head of the organizing committe, and his deputy Susanne Wiedemann, DGS coordinator of competitive sports, together with DGS-president Winfried Wiencek and Jürgen Schuster, chairman of the deaf sports federation of Berlin/Brandenburg, showed the sports hall to the EDSO officials and discussed the event in detail.
Zanecchia and Gustavsson could see for themselves that the venues at the Paul-Heyse-Straße and at the Velodrom are in compliance with international competition rules. The competition office and the changing rooms as well as the stands and store-rooms were examined.
A visit to the deaf- center East-Berlin was also scheduled that will probably host a come-together for all teams before the start of the competitions.
At the deaf center West-Berlin the delegation went through the extensive EDSO-checklist. Details about doping-controls, Technical Meetings and referees were discussed as well as opening- and closing ceremony.
For the draw of pools the Berlin club had invited top-swimmer Linda Neumann. Supervised by the EDSO-officials the following pools were drawn. Germany as host and Croatia as champion were automatically put in different pools according to the rules.
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Berlin is ready for the European Championship.
After the overwhelming success of the hearing German handball national-team this year there is also the Deaf European Championship scheduled in Germany.
From 15 to 21 May the German Deaf Sports Association will host the EC that will be held for the 11th time, in Berlin.
The number of participants is only 7 but with a tight level of performance. Long term rivals and new challengers will meet on the court.
Apart from Germany Croatia, Serbia and Turkey have participated regularly in the championships. Italy and Denmark have left out some tournaments and for Russia this is the first participation in a European Handball-Championship.
Favorite as in previous years is still Croatia. German coach Wolfgang Koch says the performance of the other teams will depend on their individual day’s form and is hard to predict.
Handball as part of the international deaf sports program has been jeopardized in previous years after less and less countries participated in European Championships and Deaflympics in this particular sport. This even led to temporary cancellation of the handball competition from the Deaflympics program.
But the notorious resistance of the persisting national teams prevented the permanent ban and the cancellation was withdrawn.
However, there have been a lot of changes in the German team: more than half of the players are new and looking forward to their first European Championship.