Quotes from the closing ceremony of the Youth Beach Handball World Championships

Costas Violitzis (Chairman of the Organising Committee)

"A beautiful journey has come to an end. I thank the athletes for these wonderful games they offered us. We feel overwhelmed and full of emotions and pictures.

We experienced unique moments in the beautiful Crete, which gave birth to the Minoan civilization. Another myth was written in the same place these past few days not only for the winners, but also for every team team that participated in the World Junior Championships.

From the side of the Hellenic Handball Federation I would like to thank those who contributed to a successful event. Special thanks to the Deputy Minister of Sports, Lefteris Avgenakis, the Region of Crete and the Municipality of Heraklion, our sponsors and of course all the athletes who participated.

A big applause also to the volunteers, as without them the event would not have taken place.

Next comes the Men's and Women's World Championships. I promise that these games will be even better and more exciting”.

Lefteris Avgenakis (Deputy Minister of Sports):

"A big thanks to those who contributed to make this event successful. Special thanks to our volunteers. They added a unique colour to the games.

This is just the beginning for these wonderful facilities in Heraklion. Altogether we can help this country become a better place.

Close your eyes and keep the most beautiful moments of this wonderful event with you. I invite you to come back to Crete, but next time as visitors.

I thank Mr Violitzis, the organizing committee, the media team and all those who contributed to accomplish a tough mission.

Do not forget that two more World Championships Men’s and Women’s are coming shortly. I am sure we will experience more unforgettable moments.

We want Greece to have a good presence, but we will support all the participating teams. We serve and love sports".

Gianpiero Massi (Chairman of the IHF Beach Handball Working Group)

"I have a booklet with me, in which I keep notes from this wonderful event. We’ve lived fantastic moments in Crete.

Thanks to those who worked hard for these wonderful games, to all the teams and all the athletes.

We are waiting for you at the next event, which will be held here as well and starts in two days”.








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