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GR-drama: The last thing this man wants, is more English cheers

In NIGHT it for the first time dramatically in the world cup for Norway. When meetings håndballgutta vertsnasjonen Denmark to clean gruppefinale.

The two neighbors have currently been playing around with all the opponents. Together with Sweden, the danes and the norwegians made this tournament to a scandinavian party. Probably ends two of three to the end in the semi-finals, but the opportunities for a clean nordic final.

But the otherwise almighty håndballsjefen; egyptian Dr. Hassan Moustafa, has quite other plans for his sport:

He should use the men's world cup tournaments to make håndballen to a really verdensidrett.

Or as Moustafa more poetically expresses it at a fixed place on the front of the site of the international handball federation (IHF):

Handball is a diamond that will be sanded until it is a brilliant, " he says.

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ABOUT you are not completely inside the smykkefaget, it brilliantsliping that brings out the nicest colour in the diamonds. This is, admittedly, not Dr. Moustafas subjects. He is trained as idrettsleder in the old communist East Germany at a time when the sport was an important tool for the regime.

It was where Moustafa obtained his doctor-his title with the task "How to organize the forth international success", and learned most of it to grind an entire sport into a personal piece of jewelry.

After 19 years with the power of the IHF, has it changed håndballen radically. The former almost purely a european sport, the paper has become a verdensidrett with small incredible 208 national handball federation excited in a net over the entire globe around ; yes, precisely, Dr. Hassan Moustafa himself.

With Blatter as idol

For this 74-year-old håndballpresidenten have used the old trick of football's maktpar Joao Havelange/Sepp Blatter to inflate artificially the number of medlemsnasjoner to ensure your own power. When not even that trick has helped, have methods for preserving power have been more improvised. As the time Moustafa before a threatening presidentavstemning at an IHF congress even ruled off-and-on button on the microphone in the audience to ensure that the fewest possible got most of what motkandidaten his said.

IT happened on home soil in Cairo. Now Moustafa safe enough to think the whole world as their home. That is why he last fall got the IHF congress to expand the number of teams in the guttas world championships from 24 to 32; that is to say almost half of all countries that are betting properly on herrelandslaget his.

Clean sporty it sounds like a bad idea. On the path have the this even during the prolonged egyptian leadership remained largely a european sport. Only 74 of the 208 as-håndballnasjonene got the overall team to be in the qualification to this year's world cup. Of these, over half (39) are from Europe, and in the actual tournament they dominate european teams now almost total.

IT means that an extension will provide even more world cup matches without tension. Before the evening temposterke meeting between Denmark and Norway are both of these two teams with a total of 60 plussmål after just four matches in the group stage; therefore, an average of 15 goal difference in each match. The målforskjellen reeks not of a sport with international quality.

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on the other hand was the european CHAMPIONSHIP-qualification hard and smooth. Even Norway, with the phenomenon Sander Sagosen in praktslag had to struggle to beat Switzerland with three goals in two matches. It shows the quality in this herrelandslaget have built up the last few years, even if the sport have remained a european affair.

of COURSE , it is great if håndballen manage to get the whole world out on the pitch. The global thinking that has characterized the major lagidrettene after that Havelange and Blatter with the help of sponsorship from Adidas and Coca Cola introduced this system in the late 1970s, is basically correct.

Where it slips is when this globalization only becomes a tool for their own power and wealth. That is when Hassan Moustafa as IHF president without flushing took five million to broadcast a TV contract for the handball to North Africa:

- It is the realities of life in my home country, he explained in the German trial that followed, and escaped punishment.

IT is also a bit of reality for all the international sports that will be funded by TV and sponsorship deals. It is the very business idea that pushes forward the global commitment, and makes it natural that South Korea; as the only permanent asian nation in this sport, in this tournament for political reasons sets with a joint team from the north and the south.

Therefore it is good that Japan, as next year's OLYMPICS organizer, has received a friplass to this championship. Håndballen are going to have to think bigger and show up outside of Europe to get accordance between 208 medlemsnasjoner and real handball countries.

It must only be done honestly.

< p> He turned off the microphone when motkandidaten should talk. Now he can deny Norway OLYMPIC place
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