— Published 13 January 2021

Men’s World Cup loses two teams

A complicated start for the Men’s Handball World Cup, scheduled for January 13 to 31, 2021 in Egypt. On the eve of the opening, two teams announced that they would have to withdraw from the competition. In question, a large number of cases of coronavirus among the workforce. The Czech Republic squad is in dire straits, with 12 players and two coaches testing positive, plus five other players unavailable for other health reasons. Result: only four of the selected could have been aligned at the start of the tournament. “The world championship in Egypt will have to do without the Czech team because of COVID-19”, the Czech Handball Federation explained on its Facebook page. The Czech Republic will be replaced by North Macedonia. Same cause, and same effects, for the United States. With its squad also decimated by the pandemic (10 players, plus the head coach, tested positive on Monday January 11), the American team will not play the World Cup in Egypt. It is replaced by Switzerland.