Michael Cavanaugh addresses the crowd after receiving an award of appreciation from the International Handball Federation and IHF President Hassan Moustafa.
Both USA Team Handball and the International Handball Federation were in attendance at last weekend's Michael Lipov Memorial Cup. Take a look below for a recap and some scenes from the tournament (all photo credit to Malyszphoto.com):
Led by club president Patrick Jalabert, the Chicago Inter Handball Club hosted a successful Michael Lipov Memorial Cup X this weekend, and saw the New York Athletic Club men’s team and the Chicago Inter Handball Club women’s team earn gold after a three-day tournament.
The tournament featured 16 clubs across the United States and Canada, and took place at the Northeastern Illinois University physical education complex.
Staffan Olsson, the new high performance director for USA Team Handball, was also in attendance for the full duration of the tournament to observe the competition.
The top three teams in the men’s competition were San Francisco CalHeat in third place, Alberta Team Handball in second, and NYAC finishing first with a 32-23 win in the championship match against Alberta.
The top men's team at the Michael Lipov Memorial Cup X: New York Athletic Club in first place.
On the women’s side, Chicago Inter and Boston faced off in the finals, with Chicago surging ahead in the final minutes of the game for a 29-27 victory. The CalHeat women also finished in third place.
The winner on the women's side: the host team, Chicago Inter Handball Club. Chicago earned a win against Boston in the championship match for the top spot.
Saturday’s competition featured a leadership address from USA Team Handball and the International Handball Federation, with USATH CEO, Barry Siff, and IHF President, Hassan Moustafa addressing the athletes, coaches and other attendees.
Siff and Moustafa also honored former USATH CEO and longtime handball player/coach, Michael Cavanaugh, who served the Olympic Movement for over four decades and professionally retired at the beginning of the month.
“It’s a new day at USA Team Handball. We’re going to change things up and we’re going to do things differently,” Siff said. “I pledge to you today that we’re also going to be investing in our clubs, come 2020. We’re not just going to focus on collegiate clubs. You all deserve some level of support and you will get it in 2020, it is going to be in the budget.”
Moustafa, who has served as president of the IHF and leader of the global handball community for almost 19 years, shared his excitement and dedication to growing the sport in the United States.
“I’m very happy to be here with you today. We are working very hard with the national federation [USA Team Handball] to help handball grow in this great country,” Moustafa said.
“I was a player, trainer and referee, and I believe that handball is a sport for the American people. During the world championships in Spain, I saw your national teams compete. They were very good teams, and this is why I am very willing to work with you to promote handball here.”
(L-R): Staffan Olsson, Patrick Jalabert, Barry Siff, Hassan Moustafa and Jean Brihault.