International Handball Federation Awards, part 2

The International Handball Federation (IHF) issues awards to organizations and individuals to recognize their particular contribution to the development of handball and the IHF.

There are currently ten awards available:

For information about the first five awards in this list, please go to award part #1 →

IHF Ring of Honour

The Ring of Honour is a specially engraved ring made of gold. It is awarded to outstanding individual's for their exceptional contribution to the sport. It is only given to individual's, never to organizations. The ring is awarded on special occasions, such as personal anniversaries and when a player has been selected as the World Handball Player or the Year. The recipient is selected by the Council at the request of the Executive Committee. It is handed out by the IHF president or vice president or secretary general.

IHF Badge of Merit

The IHF Badge of Merit is given to individuals (never to organizations) who have made an extraordinary contribution to the development of handball.

There are three different badges of merit:

IHF Bronze Badge of Merit

The IHF Bronze Badge of Merit is awarded to individuals in recognize for their extraordinary contribution to the development of handball within their national and/or continental federation.

The badge is awarded by the continental federations at the request of their committee or of the member federations. For each year, the IHF Council sets a quota for this award.

IHF Silver Badge of Merit

The IHF Bronze Badge of Merit is awarded to individuals who have worked with merit for many years within the sport and/or have made a particular contribution to the organization of IHF competitions.

The badge is awarded by the Council at the recommendation of the continental federations, of the member federations, of the IHF Commissions or of the Head Office.

IHF Gold Badge of Merit

The IHF Gold Badge of Merit is awarded to individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the sport within the IHF and/or given many years of service to the sport within the IHF.

The badge is awarded by the Council at the recommendation of Executive Committee, of the continental federations or of the member federations.

IHF Referee's Badge of Honour

As the name suggests, the IHF Referee's Badge of Honour is awarded to referees only.

There are three different referee badges:

The recipient of the award is given a metal badge, a cloth badge and a diploma. When refereeing international handball games, the referee will wear the cloth badge on his or her clothing.

The badge is awarded by the Council at recommendation of the IHF Playing Rules and Referees Commission, and the badge is then presented by the PRC president or his/her representative.

In addition to having the technical qualifications (see below), the intended recipient of a referee's badge must be a suitable role model as regards to their strict neutrality and personal behaviour. This is required for all levels.

Bronze Referee's Badge of Honour

The bronze badge is awarded to all active IHF referees who have passed an international referee course and are included in the IHF referee list.

Silver Referee's Badge of Honour

The silver badge is awarded to all active IHF referees who are included in the IHF list of elite referees and/or have taken part in a Junior World Championship, a Youth World Championship or a Beach Handball World Championship.

Bronze Referee's Badge of Honour

The gold badge is awarded to all IHF referees who have taken part in Olympic Games or a World Championship.

IHF Referee's Diploma of Honour

The IHF Referee's Diploma of Honour are given to referees upon termination of their international handball referee career, provided that they have taken part in Olympic Games and/or a World Championship.

The diploma is handed out by the PRC president or his/her representative.

IHF Olympic Order

The IHF Olympic Order is awarded to individuals (never organizations) in recognition of their outstanding merit and success in the development of handball in their own country, their many years of close collaborative links with the IHF and their dedicated service to the Olympic Movement.

Prospective recipients are suggested to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) by the IHF Council.