The opening match of the 2021 Men’s Handball World Championship has seen the hosting team, Egypt, launch their campaign with a confident win over Chile at the Cairo International Stadium on January 13.
The Egyptian team beat their South American opponents 35-29 with a solid performance from the entire squad, and is currently topping its group, preparing to face Sweden and Macedonia next.
Egyptian President Abdelfattah El Sisi inaugurated the tournament – which will be taking place without any spectators in attendance – and emphasized in his opening statement that this event, which is the largest sporting event currently taking place, shows how the world can coexist in spite of the pandemic.
The championship, in which a record number of 32 teams are competing, will be taking place in Egypt until 31 January.
A number of Egyptian players have come out with statements of optimism and ambition about the team’s performance in the tournament, and the head coach, Roberto García Parrondo, told media that he is expecting the team’s performance to improve throughout the competition.