The Slovak national team will play the basic group in Košice
BRATISLAVA (January 29, 2020) - Over 500,000 spectators have seen live matches of the latest European handball championships, which finished in Sweden recently. Slovakia and Hungary took the organization of the next continental championship. Bratislava, Košice, Budapest, Szeged and Debrecen will host EHF EURO 2022 from January 13 - 30, 2022.
The Slovak national handball team will play the preliminary group in Košice and ticket sales will start in October 2020.
The European Handball Federation (EHF) decided to award EHF EURO 2022 to Hungary and Slovakia, in June 2018 at its 14th Congress in Glasgow, Scotland. “Handball is a global sport. It has 27 million registered players. I am happy that the 65 matches of the following European Championships, spectators will see in Slovakia and Hungary. Moreover, I am looking forward for cooperation with our Hungarian colleagues to create a beautiful sport and also cultural event. For Slovak handball it is a space for a new restart.” said the President of the Slovak Handball Association Jaroslav Holeša.
In Slovakia, half of the 24 teams will present themselves in three 4-member groups. Two will be in Bratislava and one in Košice. Games in the socalled “main round” will then play the twelve best teams in Bratislava and Budapest, where the final four tournaments will be held. “We believe that our team will find a strong support of fans in the east of Slovakia,” said coach of the national team Peter Kukučka.
The start of ticket sales is scheduled for October 2020. “Daily packages for the Slovak team will be available in the first phase,” said Martin Simonides, head of the organizing committee for Slovakia. Approximately 720 European players and team members will participate in the championship.
The Organizing Committee will start working fully in March. “We are currently negotiating with both venues, we have booked accommodation capacities, we deal with ticketing, marketing and cooperation with the marketing partner EHF Infront, hence a whole set of things that will help prepare another great sporting event of global importance in Slovakia,” said Igor Nemeček, chairman of the EHF EURO 2022 board.