IHF made an investigation about “poisoning” in the team’s hotel where 12 Slovenian players had stomach problems in the day of crucial match with Egypt for placement at 1/4 final. Here are the conclusions:
- During the evening after the match against Egypt, a Slovenian player was reported to the medical clinic at the hotel. He had stomach problems and diarrhea.
- After this incident, the doctor at the hotel received the Slovenian main delegate, who claimed that 14 players had the same problem. He claimed there was food poisoning.
- The doctor at the hotel and the chairman of the Ministry of Health repeatedly offered that the players could be tested and get a medical check. The Slovenian team doctor refused to let the players be tested.
- The doctor at the hotel also offered to send the players to the hospital. The Slovenian team doctor also rejected it.
- The Ministry of Health organized a meeting with all the teams to check if there were similar cases. None of the other teams reported similar issues.
- Belarus, which stayed at the same hotel and shared a buffet with Slovenia, did not experience a single case of stomach problems.
- On the day Slovenia is believed to have been food poisoned, the Belarusian team ate from the same buffet without any negative consequences.
- Slovenia led by five goals over Egypt at the start of the second half. There were no indications on the pitch that the Slovenes were underperforming due to illness.