The DHF and DHB, the domestic handball federations of Denmark and Germany, respectively, have today signed an agreement to mount a joint bid for the IHF Men's World Championship in 2019.
Denmark and Germany had previously applied separately to the International Handball Federation to stage the biennial event, but decided to team up ahead of today's presentation of bid concepts to the IHF at its head office in Basel, Switzerland.
Under the terms of their agreement, the preliminary rounds would be held in both countries, with the semi-finals in Germany and the final in Denmark.
Per Bertelsen, president of the DHF, said a joint bid "puts us in the best possible position" to host the 2019 championships.
His counterpart at the DHB, the recently-elected Bernhard Bauer, added: "The German Handball Federation is keen to be involved in the expansion of the house of international handball. Together with Denmark, we want to make our contribution to the development of handball. We will give our whole-hearted support and all of our expertise to ensure that this project is a success."
The joint bid with Denmark is the latest twist involving the DHB in the 2019 World Championship bidding process.
The IHF announced in early July that it had received seven initial bids for the 2019 men's championships - from Denmark, Germany, Poland, Sweden, Macedonia, Norway and Slovakia - but within a week the DHB announced that its bid had been withdrawn as the application was not properly authorised by its executive committee.
The confusion surrounding the bid came with the German federation set to hold elections for new executive committee members in September, along with a vote to elect president Ulrich Strombach’s successor.
The DHB subsequently asked the IHF to give it more time to allow the new executive committee the chance to examine a bid for the championships.
Last month, the IHF confirmed that Denmark, Germany, Norway, Poland, Sweden, and a joint bid from Slovakia and Hungary had formally applied to host the Men’s World Championship.
Norway is additionally bidding for the 2019 Women's World Championship, for which it faces competition from Japan.
All candidates will make presentations at a meeting of the IHF Council, following the IHF Congress, in Doha, Qatar, on October 28, when the hosts of the two World Championships will be decided.
Spain hosted this year's men's tournament, and Qatar and France will stage the 2015 and 2017 editions, respectively.
The 2013 women’s tournament will be played in Serbia in November and December, with the 2015 competition to be held in Denmark and the 2017 event in Germany.