Recovered Cupara: We still believe in success, no matter what

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Vladimir Cupara

The goalkeeper of the handball national team of Serbia, Vladimir Cupara, stated that he was happy to receive a negative test for coronavirus and that he could not wait to return to the preparations for the upcoming European Championship in Hungary and Slovakia.

Cupara was among the first to have a positive test for coronavirus in the Serbian national team, and with the re-testing of Cupara, selector Toni Đerona was again negative.

– We really stick together from the first day and everything that is happening is equally difficult for all of us. But I believe that the harmony we have and the mutual support we give to each other can constantly pull us out and that only in this way can we overcome all that is happening to us. I am immensely happy and grateful to God that the new test is negative and that tomorrow after the medical examinations, if everything goes well, I will return to training and preparation for the first game at the European Championship in five days – said Cupara for the Handball website Association of Serbia (RSS).

I feel great physically from the first day, said Cupara.

– As soon as I felt small signs of scratching in my throat, I immediately took the test because I did not want to endanger my teammates. On the same day, we received five more positive findings among the players and members of the professional staff. Five days in isolation seems like an eternity to me – Cupara pointed out and referred to the fact that the period of isolation was so difficult for him.

– It was hard for me that I could not help my teammates, and the championship is approaching. It was much harder for me mentally than physically. In the room, I tried to do stretching and everything that is up to me not to lose much in shape. There was fear, nervousness, desire to train and socialize, but teammates and people from the professional staff made sure that we didn’t miss anything – he said.

The European Championship starts on Thursday, January 13, and the European Handball Federation, due to the current epidemiological situation, reduced the quarantine from the original 14 for all participants in the upcoming European Championship to five days, and after two consecutive negative tests 24 hours apart, delegation members gain the right to participate. and competes.

– I was very happy, as were all of us in isolation, when we heard that the quarantine time was reduced from 14 to five days. That was important news for us because we can play matches, in the original situation it was not possible. I’m glad the EHF reduced that. We will all have medical examinations immediately after the negative test, and only then can we join the team. People care about us, the Alliance has taken care of everything so that our health is not in question and I thank them for that. said the goalkeeper of the national team.

Cupara states that the team spirit is what makes them strong, and whoever goes out on the field on January 13, 15 and 17, and whoever joins, will do their best.

– Whoever is on the field, it is only important that we win and make the best possible result. I hope that we will enter the second phase complete, that everyone who is now infected will be negative and that they will recover in the right way, as well as that we will be able to play those games in full. We still believe in success, regardless of everything – Cupara concluded.

Serbia will play its first match at the European Championship on January 13 against Ukraine at 6 pm in Szeged, two days later Croatia will compete, and the last match in the group will be against France on January 17.

Source: Vesti online by

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