The EuroGames 2020 in Düsseldorf - currently not cancelled, but postponed
The EuroGames were launched in 1992 and since then have stood for many people as a special opportunity to stand up for more equality. This year, however, the event - like many other events - falls victim to the Corona crisis. At least partially. Because: the EuroGames are "only" to be postponed.
Originally, they were scheduled for the period between 05 and 09 August 2020. However, against the background that major events are not allowed to take place until 31 August 2020 inclusive, those responsible were forced to reschedule.
The latest news release from the organisers, dated 16 April 2020, indicates that the event has not been cancelled "at this time".
Info on the status quo: what will happen to the EuroGames 2020?
The organisers ask the fans of the event for patience, as they are currently working on an alternative together with those responsible. The government of North Rhine-Westphalia is also involved.
Efforts are being made to find a solution quickly so that all parties involved can plan better again.
More than "just" an event: the EuroGames 2020 in detail
The EuroGames are much more than a classic sporting event. Here, impressive performances and a special message meet directly. Therefore, it would be an extreme pity if no alternative date could be found.
This is not only true with regard to the long preparatory work that has already been put into hosting the 2020 Games. An impressive fireworks display of more than 30 different sports would have awaited the spectators in August.
Certainly, there is little point in getting angry about the status quo at the moment. It is much more important to look to the future and keep our fingers crossed for the organisers to find a replacement date.
Sport and a large supporting programme: the EuroGames as an important highlight for the scene
Over the last few years, the EuroGames have repeatedly managed to make a real statement against discrimination and for equality, and to show how diverse the scene has become in the meantime.
However, "versatile" in this context also means that people who are not enthusiastic about sports are of course also welcome at the event. To ensure that this target group does not get bored either, the organisers offer a wide-ranging supporting programme. In Düsseldorf, too, dance events, parties and culinary highlights were originally on the agenda.
Many highlights would have taken place in the area of the banks of the Rhine near Düsseldorf's old town and would thus have offered a perfect starting point for subsequent partying deep into the night.
A look into the crystal ball: will the EuroGames still take place in 2020?
As already mentioned, the organisers have spoken out in favour of merely postponing the EuroGames 2020.
Due to the current rather positive developments and the falling number of infections, it could well be that the event will still take place in 2020.
In view of the fact that a lot of planning work has to be carried out and deadlines have to be completely rescheduled, this is likely to be a real challenge.