Six Cape Verdean players tested positive for the new coronavirus during an internship in Portugal, but the Cape Verdean Handball Federation (FCA) guaranteed that the country will be represented at the 2021 World Cup, which starts today in Egypt.
The FCA today indicated that, in compliance with the health protocol for covid-19 on international trips, he requested screening tests from all 30 elements of the delegation and 11 were positive.
According to the Cape Verdean federation, the 11 elements were subjected to a new PCR test on Tuesday, and only one gave a negative result.
“So, even though six players and four staff members are missing, including the main coach, one of the assistant coaches, a physiotherapist and an FCA member, the Cape Verdean delegation will travel to the World Championship in Egypt, and he will participate in this event that he won on his own merit and with a lot of sweat and determination ”, guaranteed the top handball body in Cape Verde.
The FCA said that the delegation is traveling to Egypt today, “despite these huge casualties”, but without advancing the names of the players and the technical elements that tested positive for the new coronavirus.
The federative body guaranteed, however, that the team is “confident and motivated and promises to dignify the country and make Cape Verdeans proud”.
For the first time, the men’s handball World Championship has the participation of 32 teams – including Portugal -, with the Cape Verde team making its debut.
The Cape Verdean team that is part of Group A of the competition, which runs between today and January 31, together with Hungary, who will be the debut opponent, on Friday, Germany and Uruguay.
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