Uwe Gensheimer and 13 other captains of the European top nations in handball have engaged in the discussion on the admission of spectators to the World Cup in Egypt (13th to 31st January).
In a joint letter, the game leaders call on President Hassan Moustafa, We are extremely concerned about the Corona situation and the decision that spectators may participate in the games. Our concern has increased as a result of the recent escalation in European countries. For us, this has raised concerns about the tournament,”the”Mannheim Morning”quotes from the letter, which is also available to the”SID”:”We would therefore ask you to consider whether this is the safest way to organise the World Cup and how you can organise the spectator training at the games, “In addition to Gensheimer, international handballers Niklas Landin and Domagoj Duvnjak from Croatia, both in service of THW Kiel, signed the letter. We strongly recommend to rethink this topic,”wrote the 14-player.
Audience plans according to Sander Sagosen”completely embarrassing”
Next it said:”We as players have a responsibility as an example for all followers of the handball to follow the recommendations of our government, and this can cause some symbolic problems that cause us to have such strong restrictions in our countries and at the same time travel to a tournament where a large number of spectators are admitted.”
The IMF had confirmed during the week, fill the four World Cup halls up to 20 percent with spectators. This reduced the hall capacity at the mega-tournament on the Nile, previously talking about a 30-percent utilization.
Already before the letter became known, several players had commented critically on the admission of fans, Norway’s Sander Sagosen, for example, described the plans as “completely embarrassing”.