The 2017 IHF Handball Men’s World Championship began in Paris Wednesday and will continue throughout France over the next three weeks, highlighting Paris’ capabilities as it bids for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Twenty-four nations will be competing as France defends its 2015 IHF title.
The championship will be held in eight venues across France, and with half a million tickets sold ahead of the event, and approximately 5,000 additional tickets expected to be sold each day, it is set to break attendance records.
AccorHotels Arena, one of the main tournament venues in Paris, 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, would be known as Paris Arena I if Paris hosts the Games in 2024, and will be home to the basketball finals and judo during the Olympic Games and Wheelchair Basketball at the Paralympic Games. It is the largest indoor multi-sport arena in France, able to seat 20,000 spectators.
Tony Estanguet, Paris 20204 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 as one of our proposed venues for Paris 2024 – the Paris Arena 1.”
“This tournament is a further example of Paris’ strong track record in delivering major international sports events including World Champions in Olympic sport.”
“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.”
Paris is competing with Los Angeles and Budapest to host the 2024 Olympics Games. The host city will be elected by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) September 13 in Lima, Peru.