IHF Releases Full Candidate Lists for 2009 Elections/Moustafa and Roca Propose Funding for “Less Gifted” Federations

The IHF has released a complete list of candidates for the 2009 elections. Three candidates are identified for President, the current President, Hassan Moustafa, Jean Kaiser of Luxembourg, and Gudmundur Ingvarsson of Iceland.

On a related matter, ousted Oceania Representative Vern Winitana has forwarded to Team Handball News an internal memo from IHF president Hassan Moustafa seeking IHF Council approval to fund travel for less gifted federation to attend the IHF Congress in Egypt. This is seen by Winitana as a blatant attempt to “buy votes” for the upcoming election. This has reportedly been done in the past and there is no financial record kept as to which nations received assistance and how the funds were spent. The subject letter require IHF Council members to react with one week and indicates that their silence equals concurrence.

The text of the letter is as follows:

Basle, 4 March 2009

Dear Council Members,
Dear Colleagues,

As you know our IHF Congress will soon take place in Cairo, Egypt, from 4 to 7 June 2009.

As you know the IHF have some national federations less gifted and if some of them asked for support as we already had in our Congress in Madrid, I ask you to allow the President and the Treasurer to take action in this matter.

Thank you in advance for your understanding.

If you do not react within one week (on latest 12 March 2009) it means that you agree with this proposal.

Kind regards,

Dr Hassan Moustafa

IHF: List of candidates: http://www.ihf.info/upload/PDF-Download/list_of_the_candidates_-_website.pdf
IHF: IHF Congress Website: http://www.ihfcongress2009.org/