The official website of the Russian Handball Federation announced that the country's men's team is applying for an invitation to the 2021 World Cup, which will be held in Egypt in January. The Ministry of Sports of the Russian Federation officially promised to support the FGR application. It is worth recalling that in April the Executive Committee of the European Handball Federation (EHF) decided to cancel all games of the European World Cup 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic. 10 vacancies that were to be played in qualifications were distributed according to the results of the European Championship 2020, in which the Russian team took only 22nd place. Due to the cancellation of qualification matches, our team lost the chance to qualify for the 2021 World Cup and now claims to be invited by the International Handball Federation (IHF). Oleg Matytsin promised to officially support the application, ”the Federation said. In a wild card format, the International Handball Federation will distribute two places on the World Cup 2021. In total, 32 teams will take part in the final tournament from January 14 to January 31 of next year.