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Handball World Championship: positive covid-19 cases among Slovenia and Cape Verde squads

Two Slovenian players returned positive results at Cairo Airport, while Cape Verde will be isolated in a hotel away from the other sides in their group.

Handball World Championship: positive covid-19 cases among Slovenia and Cape Verde squads
MOHAMED ABD EL GHANY AFP

The Slovenian national team is set to play its first game in the 2021 IHF World Championship in Egypt against South Korea, with both Tilen Kodrin and Urh Kastelic excluded from the team's squad after returning positive PCR tests results upon arrival at Cairo International Airport.

Since joining their national team's camp both players haven't experienced any covid-19 symptoms for at least 48 hours which makes them eligible to be in a "working environment" according to Slovenian and European health standards.

The Slovenian duo had been in self-isolation in their homeland for 10 days after contracting the infection before re-joining their team as per doctors' recommendations.

"Kodrin and Kastelic are healthy and well. They both tested positive on PCR when they arrived in Egypt. The organizers, therefore, decided to send them for further tests in Cairo, where they will try to find out what their condition is. In Slovenia, both of them were isolated for ten days due to the infection, and then returned to the team," said the team's doctor Saso Djuric.

Cape Verde isolated after the detection of positive cases

In a similar context, the Cape Verde national team is to stay in a different hotel way from the one hosting the rest of the group's teams after some of its players tested positive for covid-19.

The team will not return to their original hotel unless their players return negative results, especially after representatives of other teams complained about the presence of all squads in the same place during meals.