17 Jan. 2021
Following yesterday’s statement on the COVID-19 situation regarding the Cape Verde team, the Competition Management of the 27th IHF Men’s World Championship has taken a decision this morning, announcing that the match Cape Verde vs Germany is cancelled.
Due to their conflict of interest, Competition Management Chairman Dietrich Späte and member Patric Strub, both of German nationality, refrained from their position. They were replaced by Per Bertelsen, Chairman of the IHF Commission of Organising and Competition.
The discussion and the subsequent decision were based on the following facts:
- The COVID-19 Advisory Board confirmed the non-eligibility of two players tested positive yesterday.
- In accordance with Article F. 7.c of the Egypt 2021 COVID-19-Related Regulations, a minimum of 10 players are needed.
- At the moment, Cape Verde only have nine players available. The two players tested positive are not eligible to play until two negative PCR tests results have been issued, taking into consideration that the period between the two tests must be 48 hours according to the Chairman of the COVID-19 Advisory Board. One of the two players concerned has already tested negative yesterday. This player will be eligible to play against Uruguay provided that tomorrow’s test will have a negative result as well.
- Therefore, in accordance with Article F. 7.d of the Egypt 2021 COVID-19-Related Regulations, the match Cape Verde versus Germany will be considered as a 10:0 victory for Germany, with Germany claiming two points.
- The match Uruguay vs Cape Verde on 19 January 2021 remains scheduled if Cape Verde fulfil the requirements of Article F. 7.c of the Egypt 2021 COVID-19-Related Regulations.
In accordance with the Egypt 2021 COVID-19-Related Regulations, missing three matches will lead to an exclusion from the competition.
Cape Verde announced to bring additional players who are eligible to participate in the event. It is expected that those players can take part in the match against Uruguay if the required PCR tests prior to arrival and on site are all negative.