Danes crush Norway to win first men’s handball world title

Hosts Denmark beat Norway 31-22 on Sunday in Herning to win the nation's first ever handball world title.

Danes crush Norway to win first men's handball world title
Photo: REUTERS/Annegret Hilse/Ritzau Scanpix

Mikkel Hansen, a defender who plays his club handball for Paris Saint-Germain, was again the key Danish player with seven goals. 

He was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player.

Morten Toft Olsen added five as Denmark converted 67 per cent of their shots.

Magnus Jondal scored nine for Norway who only shot 50 per cent.

Denmark are the reigning Olympic gold medalists and won the European title in 2008 and 2012.

Earlier, France secured the bronze medal, edging Germany 26-25.

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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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