Additionally, as is standard, an IHF Representative is currently present in every continental tournament which acts as a qualification to an IHF world-championship and/or Olympic Games, continuing the longterm partnerships with all continental federations all over the globe to build up and enlarge the entire match globally.

The Asian ladies ’s tournament was won by Korea, who, combined with China, Kazakhstan and Australia qualify right through to Japan 2019, alongside the already-qualified hosts.

The based IHF referee pair of Vanja Antic and also Jelena Jakovljevic from Serbia have been at Kumamoto for its IHF and whistled four games — that the preliminary games between Japan and New Zealand, Korea Compared to Singapore and China Compared to Korea, before finishing on the prestigious conflict between Japan and China at the semi-final stage.

“It’s — that the games are enjoyed lots of speed, this is the main difference from the games for us at Asia as European referees,” said Antic to IHF.info following the completion of this continental competition.

“the very best teams in Asia were always using a rapid throw-off therefore there’s a lot of running at the 60 minutes and, as a result of such fast drama, there certainly are a lot more technical mistakes compared to this European model, for example as lost chunks, offensive fouls and too many steps — that there was also much more use of this 7vs6, playing a lot more without their goalkeepers. ”

“it had been a nice surprise that so many of the people we met in and beyond their court knew already that the world championship would be played inside their city,” said Jakovljevicsaid “Everybody is looking forward to welcoming all teams, fans and officials. Every one we met was very kind, considerate, nice and believed it was important to create us happy and also our fantasies come true. 

“Kumamoto can be really a great place to visit,” continued Jakovljevic. “It had been an remarkable adventure to see Japan and the town itself, which features a castle.

“We really enjoyed some of the conventional food and also the town has lots of shops and restaurants, and for several fans coming next year they will see smiling faces every corner willing to help, nice playing halls with a great deal of activities before, during and after matches. ”

At the 12 weeks between now and Japan 2019, both Serbian referees will probably be looking to keep their creation because referees domestically, continental and globally.

“In the last few years we experienced less and more same aims every season and that is always to be as good as possible in every match,” clarified Antic. “We hope that this will earn us nominations for each tournament and this is our main goal during the next year — to do our best and be nominated for Japan 2019 therefore we can go back next year. ”

The IHF Representative at Kumamoto has been Dietrich Späte, Commission of Coaching and Techniques (CCM) Chair Person along with his function was, firstly, to help the Asian Handball Federation (AHF) direct the contest under the IHF and also AHF regulations and rules. 

Along with being present at all games, Späte helped analyse videos of their games for daily technical meetings with referees and technical delegates.

“In addition to my official character because the IHF Representative of this tournament itself, at exactly the exact same moment I had an incredibly intensive exchange of information with the local organising committee of their 2019 IHF Women’s World Championship, which would be, obviously, held at the very same areas and city next year.

“All these discussions took place and formally in a virtually daily basis and we discussed a range of their requirements for next year — it is clear that the town and its people are well aware the world championship is coming, and the excitement is very noticeable. ”

Späte was also keen to determine the standard of operation from the officers from Kumamoto too, with the IHF contributing to the continuing improvement.

“The quality of refereeing and their training is well on its own way,” included Späte, “however nevertheless, it had been very good for have Vanja and Jelena at the championship, since they particularly helped younger, not experienced referees, but also were involved at a two way exchange of advice themselves.

“your own highlight for me personally court were just two very high level, higher speed games: that the Japan compared to China semi final and Japan compared to Korea final.

“I will say that I’m really looking forward to seeing the advancement of the organising of the world championship during the upcoming year and coming from November. ”

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