The Women’s EHF EURO 2014 has been officially opened with a press conference attended by EHF President Jean Brihault, EHF Secretary General Michael Wiederer, President of the Hungarian Handball Federation Ivan Vetesi, Managing Director of the Hungarian Organising Committee Zoltan Marczinka and Head of Media and Communications for the EHF JJ Rowland.
The press conference took place in Györ’s brand new Audi Arena, which is hosting its first major international tournament in the preliminary round of the Women’s EHF EURO 2014.
Mr Brihault opened proceedings welcoming all press to the event, commending the city as an excellent centre for handball and speaking on the quality of women’s handball across Europe.
An exciting time for women’s handball
“The level of women’s handball is continually increasing, as shown by the level of the clubs and by the level of national teams,” said Mr Brihault.
The Women’s EHF EURO 2014, jointly hosted by Hungary and Croatia in six cities across the two countries, is receiving some of the highest levels of coverage for a handball tournament as it will be broadcast to over 145 countries.
"I wish all 16 national teams the best of success, a lot of pleasure in the games, and that they will put on a great show of handball," concluded Brihault.
‘Handball, I love you’
Ivan Vetesi spoke of the Hungarian Handball Federation's hope that the tournament will attract more fans to the sport.
"Our slogan is ‘Handball, I love you’, and this is no accident," he began.
"We hope that at the end [of the tournament] we can all say ’Handball, I love you’ together," he concluded.
An atmosphere designed for fans
Zoltan Marczinka said that by the end of the EHF EURO, over 1,000 volunteers in Hungary and Croatia will have dedicated their time to the organisation and running of the competition.
A full capacity crowd is expected for Hungary's opening match against Russia.
The atmosphere in Audi Arena is expected to be fantastic, with Fan TV and much more dedicated to ensuring an exciting experience for handball fans.
"We hope we can carry out a very good championship for handball fans," concluded Marczinka.