World champion in optimism (daily newspaper Junge Welt)

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Heiner Brand (Schnauzer) believes that joy of victory is possible at the Olympic Games 2021, as it was when he won the 2007 World Cup

Despite the missed World Cup quarter-finals, the Olympic victory targeted by the German handball players is a “quite realistic wish” for long-time national coach Heiner Brand. That’s what the 2007 world champion coach said World on Sunday. “Because at the moment I don’t see this one exceptional team in world handball that can play everything in the ground,” said the 68 year old. Bob Hanning, Vice President of the German Handball Federation (DHB), had already spoken of Olympic gold some time ago and stuck to this plan even after missing the World Cup goal. At the tournament in Egypt, Germany had already played before the final main round match against Poland on Monday (8.30 p.m. /ARD) no longer have a chance to reach the quarter-finals. The defeats against Hungary (28:29) and Spain (28:32) were too many.

DHB Vice President Hanning is also optimistic in terms of sports policy, he sees the handball World Cup in Egypt as a model for other major sports events in times of Corona. »I think that, despite the many prophecies of doom, it is a World Cup at the very highest level, with maximum safety precautions. This can be a model for all other major tournaments, ”said Hanning in an interview with the newspapers of the Funke media group. Hanning rejected the fierce criticism of the mega-World Cup with 32 teams, which many consider to be irresponsible. “I can only acknowledge that with a shake of my head.” Among other things, SPD health expert Karl Lauterbach had described sticking to the handball world championship as wrong.

Even the legendary coach Brand did not want to go along with Hanning’s obsessive optimism: »In other sports, major tournaments have been canceled, something that should have been done in handball as well. Instead, Hassan Moustafa, as president of the world association, whipped through the World Cup in his home country for the devil, «said Brand. The fact that two teams – the Czech Republic and the USA – had to withdraw before the start of the World Cup and one team in Cape Verde had to withdraw during the World Cup due to the corona “doesn’t shed great light on such a World Cup.” (sid / jW)

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