Four missing Indian boys found in Copenhagen

After disappearing from a handball tournament in northern Jutland, some of the missing players were discovered and detained at a Sikh centre.

Four missing Indian boys found in Copenhagen
Four of the missing Indians were found near this Sikh centre. File photo: Gurdwara Siri Guru Singh Sabha
Four of the 11 members of an Indian handball team that disappeared on Saturday in northern Jutland were detained by police on Sunday evening in the Copenhagen area.
Police found the four young men near a Sikh centre in Vanløse. According to media reports, the four Indians are being detained for lacking proper identification and are being questioned by Copenhagen Police. 
“Their English language skills aren’t particularly good, so we will need to see if we need to bring in a translator,” Copenhagen Police spokesman Lars Westerweel told Ritzau. 
North Jutland Police, who initiated the search for the teenagers after they were reported missing, said that the remaining seven handball players are likely to be found soon.
“Copenhagen Police have detained four of them, and signs point to the rest of them being close by, since they were seen running from the scene,” North Jutland Police spokesman Henrik Beck told Politiken.
North Jutland Police said that the young men had not committed any illegal actions and have valid visas until July 16th. 
Since they were first reported missing on Saturday, police have slightly adjusted the ages of the handball players, saying that one is 13 years old, another is 20, and the rest are between the ages of 14 and 16. 
The coaches of the Indian handball team, which was in Denmark to participate in an international tournament, returned to India earlier on Sunday without the players. 

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Norway backs out of co-hosting Euro handball champs with Denmark over Covid

Norway has pulled out of co-hosting the women's European handball championship just two weeks before the start in December due to restrictions linked to the coronavirus pandemic, its federation said on Monday.

Norway backs out of co-hosting Euro handball champs with Denmark over Covid
Denmark playing against Norway at last year's handball world cup in Japan. Photo: Bo Amstrup/Ritzau Scanpix

“Based on in-depth assessments by Norwegian health authorities as well as clear demands from Norwegian political authorities, it is now clear that Norway cannot be an organiser of the women's European handball championship,” the federation said.

Denmark is now considering whether to host the event on its own.

Strict restrictions are however currently in place in the North Jutland region, where some of the matches were due to be played, after a mutated version of the virus was found in the country's mink population, infecting 12 people.

The European Handball Federation “very much regrets the decision of the Norwegian government”, it said in a statement, referring to the Norwegian health authorities' refusal to grant exemptions to the strict measures it has imposed.

Under current rules, if a player or team official tests positive for the virus the entire team must quarantine, as well as the teams that it has opposed just prior.

The rules are less strict in Denmark.

“Alternatives are being sought with the Danish Handball Association and additional information will be released on Tuesday at the latest,” the European Handball Federation said.

Norway had been due to host around 60 percent of matches, including the final, in Trondheim.

While Norway has been one of the countries in Europe least affected by the pandemic, it has seen a recent uptick in cases which has led authorities to introduce a series of measures, notably on cultural and sporting events.

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