International Amateur Handball Federation
|Predecessor||International Association of Athletics Federations|
|Formation||4 August 1928Summer Olympics; during the|
|Founded at||Amsterdam, Netherlands|
|Type||International Sports Federation|
The International Amateur Handball Federation (IAHF) was the administrative and controlling body for handball and field handball. IAHF was responsible for the organisation of handball's major international tournaments, notably the IHF World Men's Handball Championship, which commenced in 1938, and the IHF World Men's Outdoor Handball Championship, which commenced in 1938.
On 13. September 1925 the first international field handball game between Germany and Austria happened. Because of this event, uniform rules and an international association were desired.
The International Amateur Athletics Federation (IAAF) was founded in 1926 as a commission to govern all ball games played with the hands, such as field-handball, court-handball, volleyball and basketball. In the same year the first international field handball rules were created in The Hague.
Two years later during the 1928 Summer Olympics the IAAF invited national representatives to create an independent federation. Representatives from 11 countries founded the International Amateur Handball Federation on 4th of August 1928 in Amsterdam. The later IOC president Avery Brundage and Lauri Pihkala how invented Pesäpallo were founding members.
The International Olympic Committee recognized handball as Olympic sport in 1933. Three years later during the 1936 Summer Olympics field handball had its first and last appearance at the Summer Olympics. At this point IAHF had 23 members.
In 1938 the first Outdoor and Indoor World Men's Handball Championship were organized by the IAHF.
The two parties agreed on a six-point contract on the first of September. Only the second, third and sixth points are recorded.
2 . "The IAHF disclaim their mandate for basketball and recognizes the general authority of FIBB provided that they only deal with the management and organization of basketball. The IAHF. and the FIBB will communicate this decision to the IOC and the Permanent Office of International Associations."
3. Every national basketball association has to join the FIBB.
6. Both federation will help the other and respect the interests of the other.
The contract was signed on 1 September in Stockholm by IAHF president Karl Ritter von Halt and IAHF member Tadeusz Kuchar and FIBB president Renato William Jones and FIBB vice-president Giorgio di San Marzano. Observer were Dan J. Ferris (Amateur Athletic Union/USA) and Berthold Leo Werner (Australia).
On the same day Germany, Austria, Egypt, Estonia, Poland and the United States joined the FIBB.
The first (failed) attempt to create an independent volleyball federation at the 1934 IAHF congress in Stockholm. During a friendly match between the Czech and French national teams on 26 August 1946 the two nations and Poland created a document to create an international federation. The following year 14 nations founded the FIVB in Paris between 18 and 20 April.
|1.||Franz-Paul Lang||Germany||1928||1931||President of Deutschen Sportbehörde für Athletik|
|interim||Karl Ritter von Halt||Germany||1931||1934||IOC Member|
|2.||Karl Ritter von Halt||Germany||1934||1938||IOC Member|
|3.||Richard Herrmann||Germany||1938||1941||Head of the Handball and Basketball department of NSRL|
In 1936 there were 23 members.
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