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Two more Indian handball players found

With the discovery of two teenagers at Copenhagen Central Station early on Monday, six of the 11 players have now been found. They tell police that they ran off to avoid a beating from their coach.

Two more Indian handball players found
Two players were found at Copenhagen Central Station on Monday morning. Photo: Hunter Desportes/Flickr
Two more players from the Indian handball team that went missing over the weekend have been found.
 
A DSB employee spotted the two young Indian players at Copenhagen Central Station early on Monday and notified police. With the four players who were discovered on Sunday evening at a Sikh centre in Vanløse, six of the 11 players have now been found. 
 
The entire team of an India handball squad were reported missing on Saturday after they left the site of an international handball tournament in the northern Jutland town of Dronninglund. The young men are between the ages of 13 and 20. 
 
The team was supposed to have taken a train from Aalborg to Copenhagen on Saturday evening and then get on a plane back to India. The team’s training staff went back to India without the missing teens. 
 
Four of the Indian players were discovered on Sunday near a Sikh centre in Vanløse. Those four are in police custody, although police have stressed that the players have not broken any laws. The two players found on Monday morning at the train station have been reunited with the other four. The whereabouts of the five remaining players remains unknown.
 
According to various media reports, the boys have told police that they ran off to avoid being physically beaten by their coach.
 
“The Indians explained that they take a beating from their coaches when they lose handball games. That’s why they ran off,” police spokesman Henrik Beck told Ritzau. “They did not want to return to India with their coaches.”
 
Police hope to find the remaining five players on Monday.
 
The Indians have valid visas for being in Denmark until Wednesday, July 16th. 

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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.

READ ALSO: Extra coronavirus restrictions 'halve travel' inside Danish region

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