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Moustafa faces 2 rivals to lead handball body

Moustafa faces 2 rivals to lead handball body

Two candidates will challenge Hassan Moustafa for the presidency of the International Handball Federation at elections in June.
Jean Kaiser of Luxembourg and Gudmundur Ingvarsson of Iceland will contest the poll with Moustafa, the IHF confirmed Tuesday.
The 64-year-old Moustafa has been heavily criticized in the sport, including within the world governing body, for his role in a match-fixing dispute that disrupted qualification for the Beijing Olympics. He has also been criticized for his spending on travel expenses.
With handball facing a May deadline to meet out-of-competition drug testing targets set by the World Anti-Doping Agency, some officials have said they fear the sport's Olympic status could be threatened.
A total of 159 national federations can vote at the handball annual congress taking place June 4-7 in Moustafa's home city of Cairo, Egypt.
Moustafa became the first Egyptian head of an international sports federation when he was elected IHF president in 2000.
The governing body fell out with its Asian confederation before the Beijing Games when results at qualifying tournaments were marred by poor refereeing calls.
The IHF ordered the men's and women's tournaments replayed before the outcomes were eventually resolved by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.


Updated : 2021-03-06 07:30 GMT+08:00