Germany Announces Cancellation Of Remaining 2020 Meets

In October the German Swimming Federation (DSV) announced the cancellation of the 2020 German Swimming Championships, a meet already postponed from April due to the coronavirus.

Less than a month later, more bad swimming news is coming from the nation’s aquatic governing body, as the DSV has cancelled the remaining meets of the year, including the German Youth Championships. That meet was on the books for December 14th-19th in Dortmund but, after discussions between the DSV and meet organizers, they have officially been cancelled.

The German Diving Championships in Aachen slated for mid-December have also been cancelled.

Additionally, the DSV says that ‘a virtual class championships in December also can no longer be implemented due to the decision of the federal government and the states.’

German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced a partial national lockdown effective November 1 in the nation, with restrictions in place such as the following:

  • Restaurants and bars will close, except for take-away
  • Overnight stays in hotels for tourist purposes is banned
  • Meetings in public will be restricted to just two households of up to 10 people total.
  • Entertainment facilities such as theaters and cinemas will be closed
  • Public recreation centers such as swimming pools, gyms and saunas will be closed
  • No crowds at sports events

Of the latest response to these closures, DSV competitive sports director Thomas Kurschilgen said, “We have to behave appropriately and proportionately as part of society in this difficult time, but not be discouraged.”

“At the same time, it is important to mobilize all forces in the sports clubs, the confederations and associations to help maintain the diversity of our sport. This applies to competitive sports as well as to club sports. That requires discipline, cohesion and the greatest possible flexibility from all of us in order to meet these challenges.”

The DSV says, although they are waiting for final statements from politicians, they believe that professional and elite sport training will be able to continue under current coronavirus-related restrictions.

At the time of publishing, Germany has had an estimated 552,000 coronavirus cases reported (.67% of the population), resulting in 10,500 deaths.

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SwimFani
2 years ago

Well done Germany

Anonymous
2 years ago

Are the german trails in december also canceled ?

IM FAN
2 years ago

Subject to some degree of political uncertainty – this is likely where the USA is heading. 90,000 cases a day isn’t sustainable and eventually governments are going to take drastic action in an attempt to overcorrect for previous inaction, just like we saw earlier in the year.

COVID has really been a reminder to take nothing for granted.

Corn Pop
Reply to  IM FAN
2 years ago

Papua New Guinea had 0 cases because they do not like strangers . No one goes there to bring the virus & if they did they would not last long . Problem solved.

Monteswim
Reply to  IM FAN
2 years ago

I fear the U.S. will be forced to undergo a second wave of state lockdowns pushed by the Biden presidency. Cases are unsustainable and the U.S. has always lagged 2-3 weeks behind Europe, the latter of which is in complete lockdown until mid-Dec.

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