European Handball Championship | Kühn keeps fit in isolation

Corona remains the big topic at the EM. The case of Julius Kühn sharpens the German team’s senses, but concerns remain.

Bratislava (SID) Dumbbells, skipping ropes, Deuser bands – Julius Kühn has everything ready. While his teammates are fighting for the group victory at the European Championship on Tuesday (6 p.m. / ZDF) against Poland, the corona-infected DHB goalscorer of the German handball players is crouching in the quarantine hotel and keeps himself as fit as possible to be prepared for a return.

“Of course he would much rather be with us, that’s no question,” reported DHB sports director Axel Kromer on Monday: “But thank God it’s not like at the Olympic Games, where the isolated couldn’t feel comfortable at all. ” It’s okay “if Julius lays back a little for a few days and does the typical belly-leg-butt things like push-ups and sit-ups.”

As casual as it may sound: Corona remains one of the big issues at the European Championship. Also in the DHB team. The case of Kühn, who tested positive at the weekend but was symptom-free, sharpens the senses in the German camp.

“The positive result has thrown a lot of confusion,” said captain Johannes Golla after the Austria game (34:29) and called the infection of the backcourt player “shock news” for the team. You “felt safe beforehand because we strictly adhered to all the guidelines”.

This feeling of security is gone for the time being, the worries in the team are growing. “In the evening you take the topic to bed with you,” said Luca Witzke, for example: “It can affect anyone, everyone of us knows that.” And the current situation also gives Christoph Steinert food for thought. “You can’t get the situation out of your head that easily. You can feel that the impacts are coming closer,” said the left-hander.

With each new test, the uncertainty comes anew. But afraid? “It’s not a good situation, but that’s how it is for many people in the world, we have to get through it at the moment,” said right winger Timo Kastening: “It can happen to anyone, but fear as a feeling would still be out of place in this situation.”

Especially since even a positive test result does not have to be synonymous with the EM-off. The quarantine obligation is five days, so with two negative PCR tests, Kühn could theoretically be back at the start of the main round on Thursday.

In any case, Gislason is confident that his backcourt player will return. “Maybe Julius will do well with the break and he’ll come back fresh in five days,” said the Icelander.


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