The Mayor of Orihuela, Emilio Bascuñana, and the Councillor for Sports, Víctor Bernabéu, recently met with the delegation of the Spanish Handball Federation, represented by the first vice-president José María Fernández; the president of the Beach Handball Commission of the RFEBM, Francisco Ordóñez; and the director of the RFEBM “Arena Handball Tour” national beach handball circuit, Óscar Miras.
The meeting resulted in Orihuela being named as the location for the Arena1000 tournament for the next three years. The competition will be hosted at la Zenia’s Cala Bosque, during the months of June and July.
The Councillor for Sports stressed that despite the circumstances this year in which this event could not be held due to the Covid-19 pandemic “we have our hopes set on the next event, since we are hosting the greatest beach handball event in our country, and we have the opportunity to showcase Orihuela”. The Mayor highlighted the success of previous tournaments held on the Oriolan coast, and said that “the contract will soon be formalised to advance this important agreement for the promotion of Orihuela through sport.”
The first vice-president of the RFEBM said: “We are facing an exemplary tournament at the European level and we take into account that it will be an Olympic sport in the future, that is why we are making a great bet on beach handball and we are obtaining very good results. For us it is a pleasure to have Orihuela hosting again because it has always shown a special affection for this sport.”
Mayor of Orihuela congratulated the Councillor for Sports and his entire team ‘for the important work they do to guarantee the continuity of sporting events of this calibre in Orihuela’. He also explained that he believed “this tournament is a great showcase for the promotion of our city at all levels, and will have a positive impact on the economy and tourism in our municipality.”