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Police doing little to find missing Indian teens

Five members of an Indian handball team are still unaccounted for, but police say they can't do much to find them.

Police doing little to find missing Indian teens
Players from the Indian team arriving at the Dronninglund Cup last week. Photo: Ole Sejfert/Dronninglund Cup
Five members of an Indian handball team are still missing somewhere in Denmark, and police say that they will not do much to find them. 
 
The five young men remain unaccounted for after six of their teammates were found in the Copenhagen area over the weekend. 
 
Police in both northern Jutland, where the boys originally disappeared on Saturday, and in Copenhagen, where six of them were found on Sunday, say that they are doing little to track down the remaining players.
 
“We’re not doing all that much to find them. After all, they are not here illegally yet,” North Jutland Police spokesman Poul Badsberg told Politiken. He referred any further questions to Copenhagen Police, which in turn said that the missing boys were a matter for the North Jutland Police.
 
The entire team of 11 young Indian men aged 13-20 ran off from an international handball tournament in Dronninglund on Saturday.
 
 
The players have told police that they left to avoid the wrath of their coaching staff. 
 
“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.”
 
According to Politiken, the Indian Embassy planned to send the six found players back to India on either Tuesday or Wednesday without waiting for the remaining five.
 
The Indian players have valid visas to be in Denmark through Wednesday, after which time the remaining five teens will be considered to be in the country illegally. 
 
Badsberg said that their illegal status would make it easier for police to react.
 
“If they are found after they are in the country illegally, then it will be the police district in which they were found that will handle the case. And that would be Copenhagen Police, if they are found over there,” the North Jutland Police spokesman said. 

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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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