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  • France Hosts First World Championships of 2017 - Monday Memo


    (ATR) The International Handball Federation will crown the first world champion of the new year on Jan. 29 in France.

    The 24 best men’s handball teams in the world will begin competition on Tuesday, Jan. 11 and 16 will progress to the knockout round starting Jan. 21.

    Eight cities in France, including 2024 Olympic hopeful Paris, are hosting matches during the 18-day event. The remaining seven cities are located on the outskirts of France with Albertville, Brest, Lillie, Metz, Montpellier, Nantes and Rouen sharing hosting responsibilities.

    The 25th edition of the IHF Men’s World Championship precedes the IHF Women’s World Championship by nearly a year. The best women’s handball teams will compete for the world title from Dec. 1-17 in Germany.

    FIFA Council Holds First Meeting of New Year

    FIFA headquarters in Zurich will host the Council meeting. (Getty Images)
    Leaders of World Football will gather in Zurich, Switzerland on Tuesday to discuss preparations for the next edition of the World Cup in Russia as well as the concept of expanding the World Cup field to 48 teams as proposed by FIFA president Gianni Infantino.

    The ongoing investigations by Swiss and U.S. authorities regarding corruption at the top of FIFA's ranks during Sepp Blatter's 17-year run as president will also be discussed during the Jan. 10 meeting. 

    Preparations for the next two editions of the annual FIFA Congress are also on the docket. The 67th FIFA Congress will be held in Manama, Bahrain on May 11. The 68th FIFA Congress will be held in Moscow, Russia as the World Cup host is also responsible to organize the annual congress.

    The FIFA Council last met on Oct. 13-14 in Zurich.

    IOC Back to Normal Business Hours

    IOC president Thomas Bach (ATR)
    The holiday season has officially ended for leaders of the Olympic Movement.

    The International Olympic Committee returned to work on Jan. 8 for what is sure to be a busy year. Preparations for the next Winter Olympics in PyeongChang next February and the selection of the host city for the 2024 Summer Games are just two of the highlights of the IOC's calendar in 2017.

    The IOC will also continue to lead in the fight against doping as it proceeds with disciplinary actions for Russian athletes following part two of the McLaren Report.

    Click here to see more information on what the IOC has in store for 2017.

    Written by Kevin Nutley

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