The Dutch gymnastics team will not participate in the European championships in December. The KNGU decided on Friday in consultation with sports umbrella NOC * NSF not to send athletes to Turkey due to the revival of the corona virus.
“We take our responsibility as a country in which the virus is so severe at the moment and do not take any risks,” says KNGU technical director Mark Meijer in a press release.
“The safety of the athletes and the guidance are paramount. Of course we understand the difficult situation of our athletes and the fact that they will have to miss a major tournament such as the European Championship.”
The tournament in Mersin, Turkey initially seemed to be an important moment in the Olympic qualifying procedure for next year’s Games in Tokyo, but the European Gymnastics Union (EG) recently announced that the tournament will not count towards the Olympic starting spots. . The European and International Gymnastics Union are looking at a new date together with the IOC.
European Gymnastics Championships should have taken place in April
The KNGU is still investigating the possibilities of organizing a replacement tournament in its own country. This event should take place in Heerenveen, where a new gymnastics hall will be opened in December.
The European Gymnastics Championships should have been held at the end of April (Paris for women and Baku for men), but they were postponed due to the corona virus. The tournament was moved entirely to Baku, but the event could not take place in Azerbaijan either. The Turkish Mersin then offered a solution.
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