Chicago Inter Handball Club will be hosting its 4th Annual Handball Tournament on the 22nd through 24th of October. This year the Inter Invitational will be held in honor of the late Michael Lipov (1931-2009). Lipov was the founder of SKA-Lvov-Army Handball club in 1964, which made it to the Elite division in 2 years and was the USSR Army Champions in 1968. He was also a decorated coach and referee: coaching the U21 Ukrainian National Team to the USSR Championship, earning the distinction of “Merit Coach of Ukraine,” chairing the National Referee Committee of the Ukraine from 1985-1990, and refereeing international matches for the both the European and International Handball Federations and also the 1980 Olympic Games.
“Chicago Inter is proud of the handball tradition that we have established here , and we are very pleased that we can honor a man who accomplished so much for our sport,” stated Chicago Inter’s president, Jacque Messel. This year 7 men’s teams from across the country will square off on the courts of Northeastern Illinois University. Last year the Inter men took 2nd place and look to secure the championship this year in a rematch with last year’s champions, New York Athletic Club.
The Michael Lipov Memorial Cup will begin at 1pm on Friday, October 22nd. Games will be played all weekend, the tournament will end mid-afternoon on Sunday.
The NEIU Physical Education Center is located on the corner of Foster Avenue and St. Louis, Chicago, Illinois.