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  • Paris 2024 Welcomes the Start of the 2017 IHF Handball Men's World Championship


    The Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games Bid Committee has welcomed the start of the 2017 IHF Handball Men’s World Championship, which will take place throughout France over the next three weeks.

    Featuring the sport’s best players, the IHF World Championship begins today [11th January], and will see 24 nations compete for the title. France are the reigning champions and the host nation will seek to defend their 2015 title on home soil against challengers from around the world including Denmark, Qatar, Japan and Brazil.

    The Championship will be held in eight venues across France and is set to break attendance records for the event with half a million tickets sold ahead of the start of the event – and approximately 5,000 additional tickets expected to be sold per day – emphasising the strong interest in Handball in the nation and the guarantee of full stadia with passionate supporters cheering on all the teams.

    One of the main tournament venues is Paris’ AccorHotels Arena, which is set to play an integral part at Paris 2024, and will host the opening Championship game tonight between France and Brazil. The venue, renovated in 2015, will be known as Paris Arena I during the Games, and will be home to the Basketball Finals and Judo during the Olympic Games and Wheelchair Basketball at the Paralympic Games. The arena is sponsored by Accor Hotels, one of 13 major partners of the Paris 2024 Games bid, who are supporting the city’s campaign with advice and expertise relating to creating an amazing hospitality experience for visitors to Paris.

    This year’s Handball World Championship is the latest global event to take place in France and at the AccorHotels Arena, maintaining the venue’s strong reputation for successfully hosting major sporting events, including:

    · BNP Paribas Tennis Masters
    · 1999 FIBA Eurobasket Finals
    · 2002 Davis Cup Final
    · 2003 & 2013 ITTF World Table Tennis Championships
    · Judo Grand Slam Paris [to be held in Paris again on February 11th 2017]

    The venue was also recently renovated in 2015 which makes it the biggest indoor multi-sport arena in France and offers an enhanced athlete and fan experience. Able to seat 20,000 spectators, the AccorHotels Arena will additionally host this year the UWW World Senior Wrestling Championships and the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship, illustrating the city’s key desire to host major sporting occasions and provide the best experiences and conditions for athletes, International Federations and fans.

    Tony Estanguet, Paris 2024 Co-Chair, IOC Member and triple Olympic Champion, said:

    “It is an honour for France to host the IHF Handball Men’s World Championship this year and we are delighted that the event will include matches at one of our proposed venues for Paris 2024 – the Paris Arena I. This tournament is a further example of Paris’ strong track record in delivering major international sports events including World Championships in Olympic sports.

    “Parisians and French people have a great passion for all Olympic sport and over the course of the next three weeks, these sports fans will fill all the venues, create a wonderful atmosphere for athletes and be entertained by fantastic Handball action. At Paris 2024, we know we can harness this national passion for Olympic sport, offer a great showcase to help promote events globally and help all sports grow and develop. We are ready to serve as excellent and trusted partners for the Olympic and Paralympic Movement.

    “The Paris Arena I is a key part of our city-centre Games concept and the compactness of our plan means that the central Paris area will serve as the Olympic Park – hosting world class sport in iconic locations.”

    Thierry Braillard, Secretary of State for Sports, said:
    “Sixteen years after the last and winning edition in France, the Handball World Championship is back at home. Hosting such a major event presents an amazing opportunity to gather people from all around the world in a fantastic celebration of sport. This World Championship will demonstrate once again our expertise in organising major events and will enthral spectators to the very last match.”

    For more information, please contact: 

    Raphaël Leclerc
    Paris 2024 Bid Committee
    Tel: +33 6 73 16 88 06

    Sujit Jasani
    VERO Communications
    Tel: +44 [0]7940 375 282

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