The IHF is partnering with Hummel until 2027 ©Getty Images

The International Handball Federation (IHF) has signed a new agreement with Danish sports brand Hummel, guaranteeing its strategic partnership at major competitions exists for another four years.

It is set to expire in 2027.

Hummel is to continue being the official equipment supplier for the IHF during the period for indoor and beach handball - covering the period of the Los Angeles 2028 Olympic Games.

The partnership was announced on the first day of the IHF World Men's Handball Championship in Poland and Sweden.

Instead of the Player of the Match award given at the end of each game, Hummel is to donate handball equipment to less fortunate girls in Sierra Leone, during the competition; making it the fifth time the Hummel initiative will be implemented.

The Men's World Handball Championship is to take place in Sweden and Poland ©Getty Images
The Men's World Handball Championship is to take place in Sweden and Poland ©Getty Images

"I am very pleased to announce that the International Handball Federation alongside Hummel continue the legacy of giving at the 2023 IHF Men's World Championship," said IHF President Hassan Moustafa.

"By transforming the 'Player of the Match' award into donations, we hope that we contribute to the inclusivity of handball and to the realisation that a better world can be achieved through sports."

It is the fourth World Championship in which Hummel will support Football for A New Tomorrow (FANT), an organisation founded in 2012 by Athens 2004 women's handball Olympic gold medallist Josephine Touray of Denmark.

FANT is a humanitarian organisation that looks to help girls get into football across the world, a sport that is still male-dominated and male-focused.