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BeIN Sport takes World handball championship rights

Al Jazeera-owned French sports broadcaster BeIN Sport has acquired the rights to the World handball championships for both men’s and women’s events for the 2015 and 2017 competitions.

International Handball Federation president Hassan Moustafa and beIN Media Group CEO Nasser Al-Hhelaifi signed a deal at the IHF’s HQ in Bâle, Switzerland.

beIN Sport will be responsible for TV production and international distribution of the competition.

The men’s 2015 championship is set to take place in Qatar, while the women’s competition will take place in Denmark.

The men’s 2017 competition will be held in France, while the women’s event will be held in Germany.

The championship has until now been broadcast in France by Canal+.

BeIN Sport already holds the rights to men’s and women’s Champions League handball for the 2012-13 season.

Canal+ retains the rights to the French championship.