The Pan-American Team Handball Federation (PATHF) has filed an appealed with the
Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against the International Handball Federation (IHF)
decision to dismantle PATHF, and has requested the immediate suspension of a measure
that violates the integrity of our sport and denigrates Olympic values.
The Court, based in Lausanne (Switzerland) confirmed on 18 April it received the appeal
filed a day before and commenced the formal proceedings for its analysis.
In the appeal, PATHF requested the annulment of the IHF Congress decision made in
Antalya (Turkey) on 11 November 2017 which, through a vote plagued with irregularities,
authorized the IHF Council to consider the splitting of the Pan-American Confederation
into two geographic areas.
Consequently, it also requests the annulment of the IHF Council decision made on 14
January 2018 to split PATHF.
PATHF has appealed to CAS because of the constant denial of justice by IHF, with an
internal appeal structure that has opted for a policy of refusals, denials and dilations to the
Pan-American confederation’s claims.
All the irregularities and vices surrounding IHF actions during the entire process are a
complete opposite to sports good governance promoted by the International Olympic
PATHF, with 26 member federations that voted in great majority against the division, has
shown that during the IHF Congress a vote was “manufactured” to pass our division; a vote
that breached internal regulations, as the splitting motion did not get two-thirds of votes
present. PATHF also showed that representatives from our federation were not allowed to
speak in order to exercise their rights to a proper defence.
Handball is now in a historic moment. The unprecedented assault against PATHF shows
the IHF obscurantist administration that has even jeopardized the standing of handball as
an Olympic sport.
Global public opinion demands now more than ever that sports federations raise banners
of integrity and transparency.