Groningen top coaches indignant about sports policy: ‘It’s a shame’

Groningen top coaches indignant about sports policy: ‘It’s a shame’
Groningen top coaches indignant about sports policy: ‘It’s a shame’

They say this in response to the fact that the cabinet is not responding to the request from NOC * NSF to allow other top sports to continue in addition to football in the honorary, first division and premier league women.

Donar’s coach, Ivan Rudez, makes no mistake about it. ‘It is a shame that professional football in the honorary and first division, and the premier league women can continue, and we cannot. And I say this for all other team sports, not just my own team. ‘

“It is a great insult to us that we are not treated the same way. It is also an insult to our teams in Groningen, which take many prizes here. So I also mean Lycurgus, who is very successful. ‘

‘It’s a great insult’

‘It is discrimination towards all sports that are much more difficult and complicated to play than football. It mainly shows that politics and football go together, like a finger and a nail ‘, Rudez speaks metaphorically.

The way things are going is a major insult to any hardworking person in Europe and to all other professional athletes.

Ivan Rudez – Coach van Donar

‘We live in a community where footballers are treated like superstars. The way things are going is a major insult to any hardworking person in Europe and to all other professional athletes. It’s not fair to put one sport above another, ‘said Rudez.

‘Can’t explain anymore now that women’s football is an exception’

Lycurgus coach, Arjan Taaij, also finds the situation difficult to understand. ‘First of all, I allow everyone to continue. And the measures in themselves are legitimate, because something has to be done. And I think it is very good to equalize men and women, let there be no misunderstanding about that. ‘

I just don’t think giving women’s football an exceptional position can be explained to other sports

Arjan Taaij – Coach of Lycurgus

“But by giving women’s football an exceptional position, I just don’t think it can be explained to other sports that they won’t get an exception.”

‘The end is missing’

Lycurgus’ coach continues. ‘The moment you add women’s professional football as an exception, the end is a bit lost. Because what makes their situation so specifically different from ours? ‘

‘Roughly all budgets in Dutch women’s football are lower than many a volleyball club, hockey club or basketball club. The training scope is no greater than that of a Donar, Lycurgus or Kampong. I think there are more paid athletes in those other sports than in women’s football. Again, it’s great that it happens, but that makes it impossible to explain it to other sports. ‘

Other rules of the game?

‘I do understand how this got started politically, because questions arise such as: Why not women’s football? In the context of equality. But I don’t think they see that the professional women’s branch of women’s football is not that different from many other professional sports. And that does not detract from the quality of women’s football. ‘

‘When we talk about professional sports, I can still imagine that you let professional football continue, even though you can also discuss it. There is a greater commercial interest in this and I think they have the test protocols in order better than all other sports. But you could say that this will become one of the rules of the game, so that as an association you can see whether you can get those protocols in order ‘, Taaij puts forward an idea.

Sounds about leaving Groningen?

A player at basketball club ZZ Leiden very recently handed in his contract, due to the situation in the Netherlands regarding the corona virus. Those sounds are not within the selection of Donar, coach Rudez says. ‘No why? We keep training. We expect competition to resume after four weeks and maybe sooner. We will do everything we can to be ready for that moment, ‘said Rudez.

‘Get stronger’

Also at Lycurgus they keep the courage. ‘We just keep going. We are combative. Our motto is now ‘get stronger’. We now train with a different schedule. We train in groups of four, with the walls down, three fields, so with a lot of extra rules. We also just train physically twice a day through the coming weeks. We are going to try to get the best out of it ‘, Taaij concludes.

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