The Dutch handball team does not play in the World Cup. The team had moved up to the first rank, but there are no other cancellations for the teams participating at the start.
The IHF handball association informed the Dutch Federation about this. The team, which includes about six Limburg players, hopes to be allowed to travel to Egypt at the last minute.
With the Czech Republic and the United States pulling out of their picks early this week due to coronavirus infections, North Macedonia and Switzerland are still allowed to participate in the global final round. The third reserve Netherlands, which was unable to qualify for the World Cup via regular channels, was hoping to be able to participate in another cancellation. However, this scenario has not yet materialized.
National coach in Schiphol
The Dutch Federation announced that it was ready to send the national team to Egypt if needed. Richardson, the national team coach, was ready for the potential flight at Schiphol Airport on Wednesday.
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“I skipped my trip to Iceland in anticipation. I really didn’t think the situation would change so quickly,” said the Icelandic player. “At the beginning of this month I didn’t think about it for a moment, but now it’s different. When we get a call, we go. The players are ready. It’s a dream for them to play in the World Cup.”
The only time handball players participated in the World Cup was in 1961. In January of last year, the Dutch men’s team, where Luke Staines of Voerendaal and Kay Smits of two generations were powerful bearers, was active for the first time in the European Championship.
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