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General information

The XXXVII Ordinary Congress of the International Handball Federation will take place in Gothenburg, Sweden, from 2 to 5 July 2019 in the spirit of world youth handball. In 2019 the largest youth handball tournament in the world, Partille Cup in Gothenburg, will celebrate 50 years and you are invited to celebrate with us. More about Partille Cup: http://www.svenskhandboll.se/IHFCongress2019/PartilleCup/

Here you will find all information regarding the XXXVII Ordinary Congress of the International Handball Federation. We kindly ask you to thoroughly study the information and to comply with the corresponding deadlines mentioned.

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Accommodation / Congress Hotel

The Congress participants will be accommodated at:

Gothia Towers Hotel
Mässans gata 24
412 51 Gothenburg
Sweden

Phone: +46 31 750 88 00
Website: https://en.gothiatowers.com/
E-mail: info@gothiatowers.com

The Congress as well as the different meetings on the fringes of the Congress will be held at the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre (adjacent to the hotel).

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Arrival / Departure

The Congress participants are kindly requested to arrive at and depart from Göteborg Landvetter Airport (GOT). Transportation from the airport to the hotel (and vice versa) will be provided.

Website: https://www.swedavia.com/landvetter

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Timetable

The IHF as well as the Continental Confederations will hold preparatory meetings in the run up to the Congress. Thus the following timetable for the entire event was fixed.

Saturday, 29 June
All day
Arrival of IHF Executive Committee members

Sunday, 30 June
All day
Arrival of IHF Council members
Morning
Meeting of IHF Executive Committee

Monday, 1 July
All day
IHF Council meeting

Tuesday, 2 July
All day
Arrival of Congress delegates
16:00-18:30
Meetings of Continental Confederations
19:00-20:00
Buffet before the Partille Cup Opening Ceremony
20:00-21:30
Partille Cup Opening Ceremony

Wednesday, 3 July
09:00-17:00
XXXVII Ordinary Congress of the International Handball Federation
18:00-20:00
Guiding Tour – Partille Cup – Gothenburg City

Thursday, 4 July
09:00-15:00
XXXVII Ordinary Congress of the International Handball Federation
19:00
Partille Cup Leaders' Party combined with IHF Banquet

Friday, 5 July
All day
Departure

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Participation fee for Congress delegates
According to the IHF Statutes, each Member Federation may take part in the Congress with up to three delegates. The participation fee for Congress delegates will be:

285.- Euros (for accommodation in a single or double room per person and per night during the official Congress period, i.e. from 2 to 5 July 2019).

Including the following:

  • accommodation
  • breakfast
  • lunch
  • dinner
  • 2 coffee breaks per Congress day
  • 1 soft drink per meal per person
  • simultaneous translation
  • file including Congress papers
  • social programme

In this context we would like to inform you that the International Handball Federation will bear the costs for one representative of every Member Federation at the forthcoming Congress. It means that the IHF will cover the participation fee for one delegate per federation during the period from 2 July (arrival) to 5 July (departure). Extras and travelling costs have to be paid by the representatives or the federation concerned themselves.

Terms of payment:
The participation fee for Congress delegates in euros shall be paid into the following IHF bank account by 3 April 2019:

Account holder: International Handball Federation
Bank name: Raiffeisenbank Birsig Genossenschaft
Bank address: Hauptstrasse 16; CH-4104 Oberwil
Bank clearing number: 80774
BIC/SWIFT: RAIFCH22774
EUR account number: 51859.47
IBAN: CH12 8077 4000 0051 8594 7
Reference: 2019 IHF Congress

Delegates who have registered must pay the costs incurred even though they will not participate.

 

Participation fee for accompanying persons
Accompanying persons are also welcome to the Congress. Please note that additional representatives of a federation who attend the Congress apart from the three delegates are also considered accompanying persons.

The participation fee for accompanying persons will be:

235.- Euros (for accommodation in a single or double room per person and per night during the official Congress period, i.e. from 2 to 5 July 2019).

The fee includes accommodation, breakfast, lunch and dinner with one soft drink per meal as well as participation in the social programme.

Terms of payment:
Payment of participation fees for accompanying persons shall directly be settled with the organiser. Therefore, please pay the participation fee for accompanying persons into the following bank account of the organiser by 3 April 2019:

Account holder: Svenska Handbollförbundet
Bank name: Swedbank

IBAN: SE8580000890119838345099
BIC/SWIFT: SWEDSESS
Reference: 2019 IHF Congress

 

Participation fee for additional nights

Please consider the following: Check-in time of the hotel: 15:00 Check-out time of the hotel: 11:00.

In case of earlier arrival (before 15:00 on 2 July 2019) and/or later departure (after 11:00 on 5 July 2019), (an) additional night(s) has/have to be booked at your federation’s own expense. The following costs will apply, even for those Congress delegates whose participation fee from 2 July to 5 July 2019 is covered by the IHF:

210.- Euros (for accommodation in a single or double room per person and per night). The fee includes accommodation, breakfast, lunch and dinner with one soft drink per meal.

Terms of payment:
Payment of participation fees for additional nights shall directly be settled with the organiser. Therefore, please pay the participation fee for additional nights into the following bank account of the organiser by 3 April 2019:

Account holder: Svenska Handbollförbundet
Bank name: Swedbank
IBAN: SE8580000890119838345099
BIC/SWIFT: SWEDSESS
Reference: 2019 IHF Congress

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Registration
Closing date for registrations is 3 April 2019. Please meet the registration deadline to guarantee your room reservation.

You are kindly requested to use the registration form which is available under the following link to be completed electronically:

For Congress delegates (Form 1): http://www.emailmeform.com/builder/form/5C7Wq0fHXx

Please upload the stamp and signature of your federation.

For Council members (Form 2): http://www.emailmeform.com/builder/form/IAJ91XhSec3Up

Please upload your signature.

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Voting right
In compliance with the IHF Statutes, only those member federations (full members) that have met their financial obligations towards the IHF are entitled to vote at the Congress.

Associated IHF members and regional IHF members have the right to attend the IHF Congress without voting rights.

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Congress languages
Translation into the following languages will be provided at the Congress: English - French - German - Spanish - Arabic - Russian.

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Visa
If you require a visa to enter Sweden, please refer to the following website for details on the visa procedure:

https://www.migrationsverket.se/English/Private-individuals/Visiting-Sweden/Visiting-on-business-and-for-conferences.html

In countries that do not have a Swedish embassy or consulate, Sweden is usually represented by another country. In such a case you have to apply for a visa through the embassy of the country concerned, according to the following list:

https://www.government.se/government-policy/migration-and-asylum/list-of-swedish- schengen-representations/

If you need an invitation letter from the Swedish Handball Federation for your visa application, please send a copy of your passport by e-mail to ihfcongress@handboll.rf.se by 3 April 2019.

We would like to draw your attention to the fact that the Swedish visa also serves as Schengen visa, resulting in long processing times of visa applications. Therefore, it is of utmost importance that those delegates who require an invitation letter for the visa application submit their passport copies to the Swedish Handball Federation by the aforementioned deadline of 3 April 2019. In case of failure to comply with the deadline, it cannot be guaranteed that the delegates’ visas will be issued by the relevant authorities (embassies/consulates) on time.

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Accreditation cards
All Congress participants will receive an accreditation card for the Congress.

Therefore you are kindly requested to upload a passport photo of each of your Congress participants to the registration form which shall be submitted by 3 April 2019 at the latest. Please upload a digital photo in jpg format (150x150 pixels maximum). The photo should be 35mm wide x 45mm high with a light background.

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Dates, deadlines
Please refer to the overview of dates and deadlines here:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/4l05vpw8tmvoyr5/AACwRdcsUK6r9sTSxzGwJuoPa?dl=0&preview=02_Dates+%26+Deadlines_EN.pdf

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IHF Statistics
The IHF Head Office is currently in the process of determining the statistical data of our individual Member Federations which, in accordance with the current IHF Regulations, shall be compiled in a general statistic survey.

In order to facilitate our task we kindly ask you to complete and return the statistics form (Form 3) to the Head Office at your earliest convenience, however, no later than 3 April 2019. The form is available under the following link and must be completed electronically:

https://www.emailmeform.com/builder/form/fSw1bW44CeF5NQjL

In this context we should not fail to point out that apart from the IHF Statutes the International Olympic Committee, too, expect us to provide accurate figures about every Member Federation.

In case of failure to submit the statistics form by the aforementioned deadline, Article 11.4 of the IHF Regulations concerning Penalties and Fines shall apply.

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Contact details of your federation
In order to update our directory accordingly, we kindly ask you to complete and return the contact details form (Form 4) to the IHF Head Office by 3 April 2019. The form is available under the following link and must be completed electronically:

http://www.emailmeform.com/builder/form/X1gSHZ2dLq3B105s1G

In case of failure to submit the contact details form by the aforementioned deadline, Article

11.4 of the IHF Regulations concerning Penalties and Fines shall apply.

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IHF President’s Development Award
According to Article 2 of the IHF Regulations for Awards, the IHF President’s Development Award is granted to two IHF Member Federations every two years at the Ordinary Congress of the IHF. It is awarded for particular services to the development and spread of handball in the Member Federations’ own countries and/or throughout the world. The IHF President’s Development Award is granted to two applicants on two levels:

1.  Handball developed countries
2.  Emerging federations

If your federation would like to apply for the IHF President’s Development Award, we kindly ask you to complete and submit the corresponding questionnaire, together with any supporting materials, to the IHF Head Office (by e-mail: ihf.congress@ihfdata.com) by 3 April 2019. The questionnaire (Form 5) is enclosed herewith and should be completed by computer (avoiding handwriting).

https://www.dropbox.com/s/09u6dkm6pg653m3/Form5_President%27s%20Development%20Award_EN.docx?dl=0 

Please attach the supporting materials to the questionnaire.

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Hosting the XXXVIII Ordinary IHF Congress 2021
The International Handball Federation would herewith like to put out to tender the 2021 Ordinary IHF Congress, which will be awarded during the 2019 Ordinary IHF Congress in Gothenburg.

If you are interested in organising the 2021 Ordinary IHF Congress, we kindly ask you to study thoroughly the bidding conditions for hosting the 2021 Ordinary IHF Congress:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/4l05vpw8tmvoyr5/AACwRdcsUK6r9sTSxzGwJuoPa?dl=0&preview=03_Bidding+Conditions+2021_EN.pdf

Submit the completed event concept form (Form 6) to the IHF Head Office (by e-mail: ihf.congress@ihfdata.com) no later than 3 April 2019, including detailed information about Congress venue, accommodation, transportation, meeting rooms’ layout, proposal for the Congress date, etc.

The form should be completed by computer (avoiding handwriting).

https://www.dropbox.com/s/1mho20h7q4ipwxz/Form6_Event%20Concept%202019_EN.docx?dl=0 

Simultaneously the bidding federation shall pay a deposit amounting to 1,500 Swiss franc into the IHF bank account (please refer to the IHF bank details on page 3 of the present document) by 3 April 2019. In case of failure to pay the deposit into the IHF bank account within the stipulated deadline, your federation’s bid will not be accepted.

Payment reference: Bid for 2021 IHF Congress

The deposit will be fully refunded to those federations which have duly submitted a bid but are not awarded the 2021 Ordinary IHF Congress. As for the hosting federation of the 2021 Ordinary IHF Congress, the deposit will be included in the final settlement of the Congress.

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Contact details of IHF & organiser

International Handball Federation
Peter Merian-Strasse 23
4002 Basel
Switzerland

Phone: +41-61-228 90 40
Fax: +41-61-228 90 55
E-mail: ihf.congress@ihfdata.com (please use only this e-mail address to facilitate our work)

Organiser:
Swedish Handball Federation / Svenska Handbollförbundet
Skansbrogatan 7
118 60 Stockholm
Sweden

Phone: +46-8-699 60 00
E-mail: info@handboll.rf.se

Contact persons from Swedish Handball Federation:

Organisational questions of the Congress:
Mr Arne Elovsson
E-mail: ihfcongress@handboll.rf.se

Visa-related issues:
Mr Christer Thelin
E-mail: christer.thelin@handboll.rf.se

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Uppdaterad: 2019-03-25 12:47
Skribent: Swedish Handball Federation