Controversy about corona cases at the opponent: German volleyball players do not compete against China

The German volleyball players did not compete in the Nations League after a controversy about corona cases with opponents China. The German team refused to play against China in Quezon City (Philippines) on Thursday, “although the Chinese athletes had been released by the local authorities after testing positive for Covid-19”, announced the volleyball world association. There had recently been several corona cases in the Chinese team, which caused the Chinese game against France to be canceled on Wednesday.

It was initially unclear why exactly the German team did not compete on Thursday. The German Volleyball Association wanted to make a statement during the day. The game was scored 3-0 for China. Germany now has three wins and three defeats.

In the Nations League, the top 16 teams in the world for men and women play against each other at three venues over six weeks. After twelve games per team, the eight best advance to the final round. The games in the Nations League are important for the world rankings. The German men first played in Ottawa, Canada. After Quezon City we continue in Osaka (Japan). (dpa)

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