Berlin (dpa) – Former world-class handball player Stefan Kretzschmar has made a tiered statement in anticipation of the upcoming lockdown on hosting the World Cup in Egypt in January.

Socially it is certainly not the best situation to go to a World Cup. “You have to explain that to a lot of people”, said the sports director of Füchse Berlin in the “ZDF morning magazine”.

However, from an economic point of view, the tournament is sensible and indispensable. “I’m not saying I’m not worried,” admitted Kretzschmar. But at least a bubble must be created in Egypt in which players are exposed to less danger than in their normal environment, the 47-year-old said.

Kretzschmar is not concerned about excessive stress due to the tight schedule. “We have the privilege of being able to play at all. As long as the burden is divided over several shoulders, that is also possible.” The situation can also be controlled financially thanks to the wide range of aid and a waiver of the players’ wages, at least for this season. “We talked very openly with the team. We are not talking about a hobby here. It is about families,” said Kretzschmar of the salary exemption at the Berlin Bundesliga club.

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