DHF-boss on the criticism after the Danish WORLD cup failure: ’I'm always afraid’

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DHF-boss on the criticism after the Danish WORLD cup failure: ’I'm always afraid’

women's team disappointed big at the WORLD cup in Japan and missed at the same time, a place in the OLYMPICS-qualification.

Thus have håndboldkvinderne for the second time in a row maria an OLYMPIC games-participation under Klavs Bruun Jørgensen's management.

It has triggered a lot of criticism and speculation about the implications of the downturn will get – among other things-whether there will be cut in the financial support from Team Denmark.

The former Team Denmark's director Michael Andersen is one of the harshest critics, and he believes that the women's team should be fine economically, just as he places the responsibility for the disappointment in both DHF and Team Denmark. In DHF believes president Per Bertelsen, however, that the former topboss misses with his criticism.

Michael Andersen says it will be 'hopeless, if you spend just as much money on women as on men. He has the right?

"I don't know what Michael Andersen of thinking. I will say that in the DHF will we decide entirely themselves how we spend our money. We have a good dialogue with our team he will play for – and the people who are around our national team. Sometimes we need to spend more on the one than on the other, and this is certainly a solution in-house," says Per Bertelsen.

He also says it is a 'disaster', that Denmark has not played a test match up to the WORLD cup, and he believes that both Team Denmark and DHF carries a lot of responsibility for just that?

"I do not understand all that Michael Andersen mixes in it here. A decision has been taken in the Danish handball about how this should be done, and the hills we are political, and the more there are such, and not to say about it from my side of the."

Are you worried that women's lack of OLYMPIC participation will have influence on the support from Team Denmark?

"I'm always – of course – fear that we are losing support. But I'm quite sure that Team Denmark has sensible people, who also want to help us in the future to get the ladies up on the top stool again. It is what they work for, and it is what we are working for, and I am sure that we will find a common solution."

Provides In itself in the DHF, how to allocate the money, or shuffling Team Denmark in it?

"We have a super, super good dialogue with the Team and the people who are in the collaboration. We find that internally a good solution at each time, and I am sure we also do it this time. Regardless of what Michael Andersen thinks about it."

Can you imagine, that there will be a difference between the economic division between the men's team and women's team?

"You can imagine a great many things."

But can you then imagine that the men get more money, because they have success, and In the cuts in the economy of the women, because they do not perform?

"It may just be that because the gentlemen are now, that we need more money over at damesiden. We have seen earlier, that the ladies have been up and sliding down. It's a tradeoff we make every year, and we have some talented people in the administration, which comes with a presentation to the board of directors. So I am quite sure that we will find a good internal solution."

Former national coach Jan Activities said on TV2 that there must be more money on the table that the women's team can get right up in verdenstoppen and bite spoons with France and Norway. Do you agree with the assessment?

"This is not a question of that money can determine it. We always like to have money, and we would also like to spend more money on our national team. But I think not always, it is a question of money."

What is it then a question of?

"It is a matter of very, very many things. But we evaluate on the WORLD cup, when we come home, like we always do after the finals. And then we will come up with a conclusion then. I will not sit by and conclude on anything right now. We do it properly, when the national team has come home," says Per Bertelsen.

B. T. has also spoken with Team Denmark-director Lone Hansen, but she does not want to relate to Michael Andersen's criticism.

Updated Date: 12 December 2019, 18:00

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