Spectacular sports event, European Championship, which is held under the high patronage of the city of Zagreb, has started. The Championship will be played on the reconstructed and newly built courts at the Jarun Lake. Milan Bandić, Major of Zagreb and Ole Jorstad, Chairman of the Beach Handball Commission and member of the Executive Committee of the European Handball Association opened the competition.

An official press conference was held before the opening ceremony. Tomislav Grahovac, President of the Croatian Handball Association was the first speaker who welcomed all those present: “It is an extraordinary honour and a pleasure for us to host the European Beach Handball Championship for the second time in Croatia. There will be more than 700 players from 21 European countries who will compete on the new built courts at the Jarun Lake. We are very glad that players have a new training venue.”

Silvio Njirić, Marketing Director of the Croatian Handball Association emphasized the satisfaction of hosting the European Championship for the second time. He also announced the European Handball Championship next year in Croatia. “On Friday, June 23, the Croatian Handball Association with the European Handball Federation organizes the draw for the European Championship which will be held next year and we will know in which host cities’ teams will be competing (Zagreb, Varaždin, Poreč and Split).”

The EURO is held under the high patronage of the City of Zagreb and for its purposes sand courts are reconstructed. Major Milan Bandić thanked all the organizers and wished welcome and success to all the contestants. “Once a nation has 22 medals and four time gold medal in a row, is four times the European champions, and defends the title for the fifth time, it’s a praise for larger nations not only for such small nations as we are. We’ll see each other on June 26th at the City Hall where we will reward our boys when they win the fifth title in a row. At that time they will already start with preparations for their sixth title. I will squeeze their hands for sure”, the Major said.