It is not a surprise. Given the current health situation which affects a large part of Europe, the meeting which was to oppose the teams of France and Belgium, on November 5 in Chambéry (Savoie), is postponed to a later date. It was to mark the start of the European campaign and also the return to competition of the France team after the disaster of the last Euro, last January.
The decision was taken by the European federation (EHF), which was previously informed of the inability of Belgian players to train for a month by the Royal Belgian Handball Union. The latter relayed the report on its site and on social networks.
“Obviously, we would have preferred to play the international matches (Editor’s note: Belgium-Serbia is also awarded) planned for next week, but given the current situation in our country, that was not possible and that would have been irresponsible ”, explains Jean-François Hannosset, the president of the Belgian federation. I am glad that the EHF correctly assessed the critical situation we find ourselves in and reacted appropriately. Like us, they also prioritize national public health and that of our players and staff. “
Guillaume Gille, appointed coach last January after the dismissal of Didier Dinart, should, in principle, lead his first match at the head of the Blues on Saturday 7 or Sunday 8 November in Greece. An uncertainty still remains because the hall of Kozani, which was initially supposed to host this meeting of the qualifiers for Euro 2022, is not available.
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