The United States is the second team ruled out by coronavirus cases, following the Czech Republic. The International Handball Federation named Switzerland and North Macedonia as late replacements for the championships.
Other teams have expressed dismay at what they see as insufficient coronavirus testing at the tournament. Denmark, along with Sweden, Germany, Norway and Austria, said it told the IHF that more regular tests were needed.
The U.S. men’s team was due to play in its first world championships since 2001 and was drawn to face Austria, France and Norway in the preliminary round. The Americans have already failed to qualify for this year’s postponed Tokyo Olympics.
The tournament in four cities in Egypt begins Wednesday and is being played without spectators.
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