The 20-19 IHF Men’s World Championship at Germany/Denmark is ready for action since 24 teams will battle it out for worldwide glory over 9-6 games in six venues spread across the two European states from 10-27 January.


Nevertheless, the championship comes with a ‘25th team’ — that the referees, with 16 pairs (+ two book pairs) announced back at the end of October by the IHF.


Among those 16 pairs have been French brothers Karim and Raouf Gasmi and over the past few years — as well as their duties at home in France — they now have officiated at a few senior Asian and African Arabian competitions, at the guys ’s VELUX EHF Champions League, in two IHF Men’s Junior World Championships and, most recently for its IHF, at the 2018 Women’s Youth World Championship in Poland where they took charge of the final and much other games. discussed with all the Bron-based 33-year-old Karim and 31-year-old Raouf since they enter the last preparation stages of this international hand-ball showpiece event following a IHF refereeing workshops held in Frankfurt and also Wetzlar at October. What inspired you to wish to become referees?


Raouf: We discovered handball throughout the Bron Hand Ball Club, a team in Bron, a town which is on the outskirts of Lyon, the second town of France. We were trainers and players to its youth teams as well as referees and we simply thought, finally, ‘let’s focus on becoming the very best referees we can and work ’.


We actually established a ‘School of Refereeing’ programme at the heart that’s still going on now.


Karim: In France, back afterward, around 1996, there was a programme for young referees, which saw that the French National Technical Director launch a plan directed toward young referees whistling younger era suits.


Consequently, since 1996 there has been talent scouting throughout all of the youth contests and by that point, young referees have emerged by teams of technical and refereeing managers.


Even though we are currently IHF referees, it’s important for all of us to keep to participate in training and training young referees at France. What do you enjoy most about refereeing?


Karim: Off the courtroom, it’s about the different people we meet along with discovering so many distinct cultures. On court, however, the most significant thing about it would be to exercise our sport at the maximal degree.


Raouf: Just Much like Karim said; fulfilling and enriching oneself throughout other civilizations. This permits a more open perspective of firstly, yourself, and then the people round you. Have you been to Germany or Denmark Muchas a referee?


Raouf: Ofcourse. We’ve been travelling to Germany for a lot of decades, and more recently Denmark too now to whistle. This has included federal team games, but in addition Men’s VELUX EHF Champions League and EHF Cup games.


Karim: Silkeborg, Holstebro, Magdeburg — lots of places. Most recently, we were at the Rittal Arena at Wetzlar for its Germany vs Israel 20 20 Men’s EHF EURO qualifier.



Karim: ” We enjoy a number of other sports including football, but notably the NBA in the USA.

Great players have been shown each year and become worldwide stars.


Raouf: Well, we were neighbours of this (French global striker Karim) Benzema family, also that I was at school , so football. Just how long have you’re refereeing together?


Raouf: Because people were created (laughs).


Karim: Well, we shared the identical room for 25 decades …s …an extended time! Can you remember the first match you whistled together?


Raouf: It was a club match, maybe the 2003/04 year old?


Karim: It was an official match, yes, perhaps not to much from us — an interregional match in 2005. Tell us something about your noodle spouse that nobody else knows?


Raouf: Ha ha. That is a secret that ought to remain in the family…. What are you currently doing to prepare for Denmark/Germany 20-19?


Karim: We started with physical and meetings testing in our IHF training in Germany in early October and have been going about trained at a technical manner, with lots of games, but also video analysis (debriefing, match prep ).


Raouf: We’ve already been physically preparing with a programme created by the bodily coaches from the IHF. Apart from the games, what are you looking forward to the most at Germany/Denmark 20-19?


Raouf: As usual we’ll delight in the minutes at which we have been fulfilling people, volunteers, both the fans and our fellow referees from around the globe.


Karim: Precisely the very same things, but in addition to observe that the launching match with the Unified Korea team because this match goes beyond sport. Who are your favourite referee(s) in other sports – dead or living, working or retired?


Karim: Pierluigi Collina, the former Italian soccer referee.


Raouf: Exactly the identical answer.


Alongside the Gasmi brothers, the Deadly couple of Havard Kleven and Lars Jorum will also be whistling in their senior world championship with the Swiss bunch of Arthur Brunner and Morad Salah the youngest bunch — however, it will be their next senior world championship, even after they accepted control of games in France 20 17.


20-19 IHF Men’s World-championship: Germany/Denmark 2019


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