From the beach majors to the UEFA European Football Championship to the Olympic Games in Tokyo – brings the pandemic messed up the international event calendar.
This has never been done before: summer 2020 and its countless planned major events are more than shaky. The wave of event cancellations in spring continues and has now reached the summer months. After the UEFA European Football Championship was postponed to 2021 last week, it was announced on Tuesday that the Tokyo Olympics cannot be held as scheduled due to the coronavirus epidemic. This is an absolute novelty: the Olympic Games have never been canceled in peacetime.
Music festivals all over the world fall into the water
The festival season usually starts with the Coachella in America in April, but the hyped US festival highlight, which is always held on two consecutive weekends, unfortunately had to be canceled this year. The anniversary of the legendary Glastonbury Festival in England suffered the same fate and fans around the world are trembling about the upcoming music festivals.
Hierzlande usually have the Nova Rock in Nickelsdorf, the Electric Love Festval on the Salzburg Ring or the Frequency in St.Pölten in summer: but whether they will take place is still uncertain.
Countless major events in Austria postponed
The Estérhazy cultural companies had to cancel this year’s season of the opera in the Margarethen quarry, but also announced that the production of “Turandot” planned for this year would be made up for in summer 2021. The same applies to the Mörbisch Lake Festival, Kobersdorf Castle Games, Jopeka, Liszt Festival Raiding and the Lower Austrian Culture Festival “Literature & Wine”. It is to be expected that more will be added, but many organizers are still holding out hope.
The founder of the Beach Volleyball Major Series Hannes Jagerhofer announced an open letter to the public on Wednesday LEADERSNET published here:
Open letter from the founder of the Beach Volleyball Major Series
Dear beach volleyball community, A scenario like the one we only knew from the fiction of various disaster films. In reality, of course, none of us really have any idea how to deal with it. Only one thing unites us in this difficult time: the certainty that everything that is not directly related to the elimination of the virus must be put aside. This is only logical, but it has a dramatic impact for many of us. Experts are now predicting that the pandemic will peak in July and August. And that in turn means for us that at this point in time nobody can take on the responsibility to approach the implementation of the planned events with a clear conscience and with full conviction. After long discussions with the world association, our sponsors as well as partners and representatives of the cities of Vienna and Hamburg, we decided to cancel the two major tournaments.
And we can no longer make a contribution to the upgrade for the event in Gstaad. We are sad to announce this decision. At the moment we only have hope that the global crisis will soon subside and be brought under control. Then we will start the work to realize our events in 2021 with full energy and uninterrupted commitment. My personal thanks go to everyone who has shared and supported our enthusiasm for beach volleyball over the past 25 years.
And I firmly believe that we will be able to provide proof of our subline again next year: Goosebumps don’t lie – See you @ the Beach!
Your Hannes Jagerhofer
for the Beach Majors Team founder of the Beach Volleyball Major Series