August 3, 2021

“One of the blackest days of my life”

Affected by the deed – two days before the Olympic premiere

Sander Sagosen moved during today's press conference.

Sander Sagosen moved during today’s press conference.

Photo: Stian Lysberg Solum / TT NYHETSBYRÅN

TOKYO. Two days to the Olympic premiere.

Then the thoughts of the Norwegian gold medal in handball go to the victims of the Utøya massacre.

– It is one of the blackest days in my life, says superstar Sander Sagosen.

Today, July 22, it is exactly ten years since the horrific terrorist attack in Norway when Anders Behring Breivik first detonated a car bomb in central Oslo, where eight people died, and then shot dead 69 people in a massacre on the island. Utøya.

It is a national trauma that also characterizes the Norwegian Olympic team.

When the Norwegian men’s handball team, which is one of the favorites for the gold, met the press in the Olympic village, they were therefore asked questions on the anniversary of the act, even though there are only two days left until the premiere against Brazil.

“Many tears were shed”

– I remember it as if it had been yesterday. It hit me right in the face ten years ago when I was at a training camp with Rhein-Neckar Löwen. Many tears were shed that day, says team captain Bjarte Myrhol who was affected by the subject.

– I can do nothing but send my thoughts to those who were affected and who were affected. It is one of the blackest days in Norwegian history.

“Sat in front of the computer for a week”

The big star Sander Sagosen, considered by many to be the world’s best player, was 15 years old and on holiday in Spain on July 22, 2011 when Breivik shot dead a large number of young people who were the same age as Sagosen.

– I sat in front of the computer for a week to see what had happened. It is one of the blackest days in my life and in Norwegian history. We think of those who have gone through a very tough time, he says.

Utøya a trauma for Norway.

Photo: Erlend Aas / TT NEWS AGENCY

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