International Handball Federation is the governing body for various handball tournaments over the globe. In the first championship tournament only four teams participated, but now it has grown to a total membership of 24 teams. As handball gained popularity all over the globe, World Championship was planned and organized by IHF in a duration of every two years for both men and women category, since 1997.
European countries have dominated since a long period of time. Since the formation of IHF, European Handball Federation has been organising various championship, which also serve as the qualifying tournament for the Olympics and the World championship, held at a hiatus of every two year. Sweden has won maximum number of championships whereas, Denmark has clinched maximum medals at the Olympics.