Denmark to co-host 2019 Handball World Championship

Bid with Germany the first ever joint proposal to be approved

Denmark and Germany's joint bid to host the 2019 Men's Handball World Championships has been successful, the International Handball Federation (IHF) announced on Monday in Doha. Selected ahead of a bid from Poland and a joint bid from Hungary and Slovakia, the IHF's decision will place Denmark and Germany firmly in the centre of the sport for the next six years.

Germany and Denmark will be the first two countries to serve as joint hosts in the history of handball's largest event.. Both countries will hold group matches, Germany the semi-finals, and Denmark the final.

Both Germany and Denmark have hosted the tournament before. Germany hosted the very first championship in 1938, while Denmark hosted in 1978.

Denmark is also set to host the Women's World Handball Championship in 2015, and there is hope from the Danish Handball Federation that both these major contests will serve as ideal platforms to raise the profile of Danish handball worldwide.