ARD presenter Alexander Bommes is also absent from the Handball World Cup

Updated on 06/01/2023 15:10

  • Alexander Bommes will not moderate the Handball World Championship.
  • This is reported by the ARD.
  • A replacement has already been arranged.

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After football comes handball: From 11 to 29 January 2023, the men’s handball world championship will take place in Poland and Sweden. ARD and ZDF will show all the games of the German national team, but at least on ARD, the moderator originally planned has to be dispensed with. As has now been announced, Alexander Bommes will not be able to moderate alongside ex-world champion Dominik Klein as planned. Instead, presenter Stephanie Müller-Spirra is now trusted.

Regarding the absence of Bommes, it says: “After a year in which I, like many people, had to accept some health restrictions, I want to complete further recovery and therefore consequently refrain from moderating this year’s Handball World Cup. Dominik Klein is with Stephanie in competent and friendly hands – and I’m very happy about that.”

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Stephanie Müller-Spirra represents Alexander Bommes

“Of course I’m very curious about everything that’s coming!” says Müller-Spirra, who has moved up. “Representing Alex Bommes is a huge task, but I will give everything – together with Dominik Klein. Above all, I hope that Alex will soon be healthy and happy in front of the camera again.”

Bommes already had to miss the World Cup in Qatar “for health reasons”. At that time, ARD presenter Jessy Wellmer replaced him and sat alongside Almuth Schult, Thomas Hitzlsperger and Sami Khedira.

ARD sports coordinator Axel Balkausky was saddened by Bommes’ failure at the time: “The entire ARD team and I are very sorry for Alex Bommes that he has to give up the World Cup and we wish him that he can do it as soon as possible better as possible.” The broadcaster did not give more detailed information about the expected length of Bommes’ absence then and now.
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