The German Handball Federation (DHB) "has withdrawn its bid to host the 2019 World Men's Handball Championships," according to SPORT BILD. DHB President Ulrich Strombach "was taken by surprise by the plans of his designated successor Bernhard Bauer and future VP Bob Hanning." German handball "is threatened with an internal scandal just two months ahead of its presidential elections." Strombach said, "We have unanimously decided to write to the Int'l Handball Federation and inform it that the submitted bid was not valid because it wasn't authorized by the DHB board. It had been portrayed that the DHB has submitted a bid to host the 2019 men's world championships but this isn't the case and it has to be clarified" (SPORT BILD, 7/8).
Events and Attractions
The New Zealand Golf Open is returning to Queenstown next year "in a move that will water down the New Zealand PGA Championship," according to the APNZ. The Open tournament, a tier-one event on the PGA Tour of Australasia, will be held from Feb. 27-March 2 at The Hills Golf Course and Millbrook Resort "and will now also be co-sanctioned by the Japan Golf Tour." The purse for the event will be a minimum of NZ$850,000 ($669,290), "but that figure will be finalised once current stakeholder negotiations have been concluded." A return to Queenstown is "the result of New Zealand Golf, the PGA of New Zealand and Michael Hill Tournaments Limited coming to an agreement on the future structure of major men's golf tournaments in New Zealand." The parties have "agreed to pool resources with the aim of creating one iconic tournament," but it means the New Zealand PGA Championship will "initially be continued on a smaller scale" (APNZ, 7/9).
The Spanish national football team confirmed it will play a friendly against Italy next year, but the date and venue have not been confirmed (FOOTBALL ITALIA, 7/9). ... A charity match between German 3rd League football side Hansa Rostock and Bayern Munich on Sunday at the DKB-Arena is attracting significant media attention. The match is part of the "Say Yes to FCH" campaign and is expected to help financially-troubled Hansa Rostock. The game has been sold out since mid-April, and all VIP tickets are also sold out, leaving only a few tickets remaining for the DKB-Arena Business Club (Infront). ... The South Africa cricket team will be in the UAE from Oct. 5-Nov. 15 for a series against Pakistan. South Africa will face the "home team" in two Tests, five one-day internationals and two Twenty20 matches (THE NATIONAL, 7/9).