Hamburg (dpa) – The Bundesliga (HBL) handball starts the new season as planned on October 1. The 20 clubs once again agreed on this during a conference call, HBL president Uwe Schwenker told NDR radio.
This puts an end to speculation about a possible postponement of the start of the season. Recently, representatives of German champion THW Kiel and his rival SG Flensburg-Handewitt kicked off on January 1 with reference to the corona pandemic.
“We stuck to our decision, knowing that it will not be completely unproblematic, but from our point of view there is no alternative,” said Schwenker. The decisive factor was that if the start was postponed, the 38-day season would not be feasible. De Kiel and the number two from Flensburg will play the Supercup match in Düsseldorf on September 26. The Bundesliga for women starts on September 5.
“Everyone knows that the clubs and club officials face a lot of problems and that they will not be resolved at the start of the season,” said Schwenker. “We have a very problematic and difficult season ahead of us.” The matches will initially take place without spectators. This creates economic problems for the clubs: ticket sales account for 50 percent of the income.