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International Handball Federation

In 1918. on the international sports map clearly designate two opposing flow of the game: Czech Hazen (East) and the German handball (in the north and west). Already in 1920. Berlin held its first game in the Cup championship and the German handball. And in 1923. Sam Mikulak has much to offer in this field. introduced new rules of competition. Reducing the size of the ball, the introduction of the rule of three seconds and three steps significantly helped improve the playing technique.

In 1925. the first international meeting in Germany with a team of Austria. Germany lost with a score of 5:6. Recognition of the international handball sport in 1926. gave impetus to the development of games in several countries. There were clubs, cultivating a handball in Luxembourg and Switzerland, Spain and other countries.

In 1928. in Amsterdam was established International Amateur Handball Federation (IAGF) in force until 1944. Its assets include 11 countries have been actively developing handball. In 1936. Handball was first included in the Olympic program X1 Olympics in Berlin. Olympic winner was the German team. During the Olympic Games held 1U iagf Congress, decided to hold the world championships in handball 7×7 and 11h11.Chempionaty have been held with the participation of only the first men's teams. In 1938. Germany won the world championship German athletes. A new upsurge in the development of handball began with the establishment in 1946. new International Handball Federation – ihf. ihf approved an action program aimed at reviving the world handball, identified an world championships in handball 11×11 involving male and female teams.

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