Following their exit from the World Handball competitions, the Slovenian Handball Federation issued an official statement confirming its dissatisfaction with Egypt’s organization of the World Championship, given that 12 players were exposed to food poisoning, and the organizers were “indifferent” to the issue, according to their description.
Slovenia ranked third in Group D with 6 points, and thus it was unable to reserve the qualifying card for the quarter-finals in the World Hand Championship, so Sweden, which ranked first with 8 points, and Egypt in second place with 7 points, and the latter meets Denmark in the World Cup quarter-finals.
The head of the Egyptian Handball Federation told Sky News Arabia, “It is not correct to repeat these rumors. The tournament is professionally run under the supervision of the International Federation, and the hotel in which Slovenia resides is of the highest standard.”
Nasr continues to Sky News Arabia: “There are a number of other teams inside the same hotel besides escorts and press missions, all of them eating from an” open buffet “, and no one has complained about food, in addition to the permanent presence of the Egyptian Ministry of Health at the place to monitor everyone’s health status.
Since their arrival in Cairo, the Slovenian team has stayed in one hotel with many teams, including Egypt and Sweden, and it is not allowed to leave the place as part of the health bubble measures that were dealt with due to the circumstances of the Corona virus.
Nasr continues to Sky News Arabia: “We receive praise every day for the efforts made in organizing the tournament, and I do not know why Slovenia made a complaint after leaving the World Cup? Why did they not appear before the match or during the first half when they were winners over Egypt?”
Japan was among the countries that expressed its congratulations on the success achieved by Cairo in organizing the World Cup on its soil, as confirmed by the Special Adviser to the Japanese Prime Minister, noting that what has been achieved is a model to be emulated in the framework of the ongoing preparations to host the Olympic Games in Tokyo next summer, according to To the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
And he added, “The Slovenian Handball Federation must review its position, because it is inconceivable that 12 players suffer from food poisoning and play hours later against the Egyptian team with this strong performance.”
Nasr confirms in his interview with Sky News Arabia that the International Handball Federation will respond to these rumors, stressing that the tournament continues and is succeeding day after day, and Egypt’s keenness to get it out in the best way until the final match.
On Monday, the Slovenian Handball Federation condemned the “unfair” Egyptian organization of the World Championship, after 12 of its players were subjected to food poisoning on the eve of the decisive match with the host team, according to a statement issued after being excluded from the main round.
The Slovenian General Secretary, Goran Cvic, wrote after a 25-25 draw with Egypt And elimination from the second round, a point difference from the host: “We are not satisfied with the unfair organization of this year’s tournament in Egypt.”
“About 12 players from our team were exposed to food poisoning in the 24 hours leading up to our match with Egypt,” the statement added, adding that the Egyptian organizers “did not care much” about the issue.