Five national handball players tested positive for Corona

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SBy 8:03 p.m. on Monday evening at the latest, it could be stated that the generous hygiene concept of the European Handball Federation (EHF) for the European Championships in Hungary and Slovakia had failed. The November 2021 paper called for a bubble-free tournament. Unlike the World Cup in Egypt, players should be able to move around fairly freely. PCR tests every 48 hours as a key security tool should help break chains of infection. But the EHF apparently made this calculation without the Omicron virus variant – and possibly without sufficiently considering the possibilities of infection in competition and training.

It has not been proven that Omikron is involved, nor that infections have taken place in the company – but it seems obvious. There is no other explanation for the fact that seven German handball professionals now have positive test results: After Julius Kühn on Sunday and Hendrik Wagner on Monday afternoon, the DHB reported on Monday evening that Andreas Wolff, Luca Witzke, Timo Kastening, Kai Häfner and Lukas Mertens were also affected . This was the result of the PCR tests taken on Monday morning. A tangible corona outbreak, which caused horror at the DHB in the evening.

None of them can be used in the final group game against Poland in Bratislava this Tuesday (6 p.m., live on ZDF). National coach Alfred Gislason is truly not to be envied. The pandemic is again thwarting his plans. There is no end to the imponderables, and a certain amount of adaptability is demanded of him. The quintet must now quarantine for five days and could play again on January 21 if they can show two negative PCR tests within 24 hours. The second main round game is on the program for the DHB selection on Friday. The professionals concerned went into isolation in their single rooms in the “Lindner” team hotel.

Some people had already feared that it could become a “Corona EM” after a number of test matches were canceled due to positive corona cases at the beginning of January. The EHF countered that its hygiene concept was a “living document” and was constantly being adapted – which was true in detail, but was still not enough. Some hotels in Hungary were open to tourists who mingled with the handball professionals while eating without masks. That has since been turned off.


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