The beach volleyball majors planned for August in Vienna and Hamburg have been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Clemens Doppler and Alexander Horst regretted the cancellation.
The new deliveries are scheduled for 2021. The promoter Hannes Jagerhofer announced on Wednesday. In addition, his company is no longer available as a co-organizer for the tournament in Gstaad in July.
“It makes us very 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 work with full energy and uninterrupted effort to realize our events in 2021 tackle, “said Jagerhofer.
Currently, however, everything that is not directly related to the elimination of the virus has to be put on the back burner. “This is only logical, but it has a dramatic impact for many of us. Experts are now predicting that the pandemic will be at its peak in July and August. For us, this means that nobody is responsible at the moment can take on the task of implementing the planned events with a clear conscience and with full conviction, “said Jagerhofer.
It was therefore decided after long discussions with the world association, the sponsors, partners and representatives of the cities of Vienna and Hamburg to cancel the tournaments. That on Viennas Danube Island should have taken place from August 12th to 16th. Hamburg had been planned from August 19 to 23. So far, several other tournaments on the World Tour had been canceled or postponed due to the Corona crisis.
Clemens Doppler and Alexander Horst “shocked at first”
Clemens Doppler and Alexander Horst, sensational runner-up at the home tournament in Vienna in 2017, regretted the cancellation. “Soberly it was to be expected, but when the actual announcement comes, you are shocked at first. If you drop out of your home tournament, where you get the majority of the media reports, you have tens of thousands of fan contacts, it will be drastic.”
Horst also referred to the importance of the Vienna event. “Hannes Jagerhofer offers us the perfect platform for our sport year after year. Without exaggeration, it is the best tournament in the world, the spectators celebrate the games and push us Austrians forward. The Vienna Major was my bright spot for this season – at least Vienna was supposed to take place was my great hope. ”
Her coach and manager Robert Nowotny fears the loss of the entire season: “The situation is certainly not easy for the athletes. With all the tournament cancellations, it looks almost like a lock-out for the entire season,” said Nowotny. That would be an additional challenge. “The players have been preparing all winter and now before the game starts, the whole series is crumbling away. A year without international tournaments is going to be tough, so we as coaches will have to dig into the bag of tricks.”