It’s 2,000 kilometers from his exile on the Rhine to his birthplace, however for Alexander Kasai, the fear of Zaporozhye may be very shut. While the world is nervous in regards to the nuclear catastrophe, the handball participant is nervous about his household within the battle zone of Ukraine.
“I name my household daily and verify the state of affairs in our nation”, – says Kasai. The similar ritual daily: first practice, then name.
Aleksandr Kasai and his teammates from the Ukrainian champion group HK Motor Zaporijschja have discovered momentary shelter in Dusseldorf as a result of it’s laborious to think about the game feeling like house for them. Handball additionally helps him swap off from enthusiastic about struggle: “Sometimes ideas are quiet.”
“A Controversial Debate About Pros and Cons”
At the identical time, the dialogue in regards to the handball admission undertaking to the 2nd Bundesliga was suppressed. The Ukrainian membership turned the twentieth membership to hitch the league three months earlier than the start of the season and can play as a visiting group – out of competitors.
There was sharp criticism, with Bundesliga boss Frank Bohmann defending his actions in an interview with a sports activities present: “Firstly, getting the neighborhood on our facet, significantly the golf equipment within the second division, was a large deal. It’s additionally been debated, execs and cons.”
No one argued towards human necessity, however there have been counterarguments equivalent to extra stress in disaster areas, additional journey and different golf equipment. In the tip, “certainty and a clear beginning place” spoke for Zaporozhye, Boman stated. This place with a nuclear energy plant is a sharp entrance.
The opening sport is towards Bayer Dormagen
Questions, particularly of a sports activities nature. How lengthy will the group keep within the league? What occurs if Ukraine will get the inexperienced gentle to play?
In the opening sport, the Ukrainians will face TSV Bayer Dormagen in Dusseldorf on Wednesday (31.08.2022, 16:15) within the Super Cup help program. “It’s going to be a special day”, – says the Lithuanian coach of HK Motor firm Gintaras Savukinas. It’s additionally a psychological break for his gamers. According to Alexander Kasai, it’s nonetheless unimaginable to banish darkish ideas without end.
His membership has discovered a house within the capital of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, with house video games and coaching classes going down within the Castello multi-objective corridor. The group is properly positioned, we snigger collectively in coaching – that is good.
Registration for the title of champion since 2013
The distinction in high quality between the German and home leagues is in keeping with Savukynas and Kasai “very giant”. In a pleasant match towards league rivals Eintracht Hagen with a rating of 31:31, the Ukrainian group, which has received the title since 2013, confirmed that it may well compete with the German groups.
Entry into the First Bundesliga was additionally a problem, stated HBL managing director Frank Bohmann, after all of the golf equipment had performed within the European Champions League. However, it couldn’t be applied as a result of its quick-time period nature. In the 2nd Bundesliga, it was a fortunate state of affairs this 12 months, the league began with 19 golf equipment, so one place was nonetheless empty, defined Frank Bohmann.
“Sport nonetheless lives”
Of course, sports activities outcomes aren’t trivial both. War wounds are extra monumental, however nonetheless: “Despite the horrible struggle in Ukraine, sport remains to be alive.” – says Savukynas. Alexander Kasai desires to introduce to the world “we’re sturdy”.