Czech and US handball players will not start at the World Championships in Egypt due to the high number of coronavirus infections in both teams. COVID-19 disease and health problems eliminated a total of 17 Czechs, the Americans register 10 infected.
The Czech national team, which was to present itself in the G-group together with Sweden, home Egypt and Chile, will be replaced by the Northern Macedonia tournament.
Switzerland will play in the E-group instead of the USA, its rivals will be Norway, Austria and France. Representatives of the International Handball Federation (IHF) informed about it.
Czechs and Americans had to refuse to participate in the World Cup the day before the start of the tournament.
“I don’t remember having to deal with a similar situation during my long career as a president. It’s sad, but it’s a reality. Of the 21 players we wanted to send to Egypt, COVID-19 and various health problems are not available 17.
We received an opinion from the implementation team that we should consider participating in the championship. And the union executive saw it similarly, “he told the server idnes.cz
head of the Czech Handball Association Jaroslav Chvalný.
Neither pair of coaches could travel to Egypt.
“Today we came to the conclusion that we no longer see the light at the end of the tunnel,” said one of the coaches Jan Filip, who could not fly to Africa as well as another helmsman Daniel Kubeš and two spare coaches.
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