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COVID-19 : The drama of two Slovenian players at the Handball World Cup in Egypt

The Slovenian team at the Handball World Cup in Egypt has lived with concern the last hours due to the cases of coronavirus that have already affected several teams in the tournament.

Despite the great debut that the Balkan team made (they defeated Slovenia 51-29), two of the Slovenian team players, Urh Kastelic and Tilen Koldrin, could not play the match or being with his teammates after having tested positive in the PCR tests prior to the game (both players have already passed the coronavirus).

The drama of these players does not end there since, in statements to the Slovenian media Ekipa 24, both denounced that they have been isolated outside of Cairo despite notifying their situation. “Honestly, I don’t know where I am. They told us that they would take us to Cairo to do the tests that proved that we have passed the coronavirus, but we did not get there. They took us by car for three hours And now we are in a place with rooms where it is cold and everything is full of dust. These Egyptians are very disorganized. Nobody tells us anything, “said Urh Kastelic.

The two players assure that their team communicated to the organizers that they had already passed the disease and denounced that they are being treated as if they had the plague. “We are over the coronavirus and we are not contagious. Our team notified the organizers and wrote to them by mail, but when we arrived in Egypt the rapid test was negative and the PCR positive. This is not normal. There are people who can continue to test positive a month or two after overcoming COVID-19, but here in Egypt they panic, they send you by ambulance and with a police escort. They don’t let us be in the room together. I don’t know if it’s funny or sad. They treat us like we have the plague. “

Jakobsen positive before playing for Denmark

The player of the Danish handball team Emil Jakobsen has tested positive for COVID-19 at the World Cup in Egypt, where his team will debut this afternoon against Bahrain, and has been isolated along with his roommate.

“Jakobsen tested positive for COVID-19 previously and has received a new positive result in the last test in Egypt. He will not be allowed to participate in today’s match against Bahrain. Your roommate must test negative before he is allowed to participate in today’s game or return to the team. Following the regulations of the COVID-19 Medical Precaution Plan, the entire Danish delegation will be examined again today and tomorrow, “the IHF explained in a statement.

Danish Federation sports director Morten Henriksen said they are very sorry on behalf of Emil Jakobsen. “However, we are very prepared for this situation and we follow our own protocols and those of the IHF,” he said.