Athletes rebel against football in Germany
The football competition resumed in Germany a month ago. The good evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country together with the strict measures imposed by the Federation and the Government made it happen green light for the Bundesliga to return. That has generated something negative, and that is that the rest of sports, including athletics, have been discriminated against as there was no clear or close date for the return of the competition.
The German Federation ensures that certain tests cannot be contested normally
The German Federation has been asking the athletes for a few weeks and informing about how the championships will develop this summer, the restrictions, the limitations, etc. For example, they announce that "We all wish that normal national championships in a full stadium and respecting all disciplines as they could always be held, but the current situation requires that a series of requirements are met and restrictions, ”says Director General Idriss Gonschinska.
In accordance with the alert decree established by COVID-19 in the German country, the competitions on August 8 and 9 in Braunschweig will be held without spectators in the stands and in strict compliance with hygiene and social distancing. In races such as 1,500 the Federation considers that it is not guaranteed that these regulations can be met, so the format must be held in a different way or not.
The two-time European champion of 3,000 obstacles Gesa Krause harshly criticizes the position of the Federation and the situation of athletics and other sports: "I am speechless," he says, to add that "the coronavirus is a huge concern and must be taken with the seriousness it deserves, but it's been weeks since you are playing football with 22 players on a pitch in constant contact, holding on without stopping and you cannot play a final of 8-12 runners? Please…".
Controversy in GER.
Krause lashes out at his federation. He holds, with all the reason in the world, that football is being played.
The ordinances would not guarantee from 1500 onwards at Camp. from GER. pic.twitter.com/fSKUOuoAxS
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