Sports “Positive signals” for athletics championships - Indoor European championships planned

07:00  25 january  2021
07:00  25 january  2021 Source:   pressfrom.com

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and has sent positive signals to that effect even as encouraging reports came from New Zealand which, after studying the situation at the Games Village and the safety measures for the athletes , gave its approval. Meanwhile, 37 athletes and team officials from 11 nations and territories arrived here.

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The German Athletics Association continues to hope for national title fights on 20./21. February in Dortmund and a reduced indoor season in the corona pandemic.

Chef-Bundestrainerin Annett Stein hofft auf eine Austragung der Leichtathletik-DM in Dortmund. © Jens Büttner / dpa-Zentralbild / ZB chief national trainer Annett Stein hopes that the athletics championships will be held in Dortmund.

“We have a fair number of large meetings and competitions at federal bases. I think we're getting a good preparation for Torun, especially for the athletes in the Olympic squad and the perspective squad. For the rest it will be difficult, ”said head coach Annett Stein of the German press agency. The EM should take place on the first weekend in March in Poland.

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The hygiene concept for Dortmund stands, there are "positive signals" from the city, so Stein. However, the championship with small starting fields is not yet guaranteed.

The World Indoor Tour of the international association starts on Friday in Karlsruhe (SWR Livestream) - without spectators and media representatives in the Europahalle. At the only German station, 120 athletes from all continents will be there. The organizers see their meeting as “light at the end of the tunnel” for the core Olympic sport. There are also sports festivals at the ISTAF events in Düsseldorf (January 31) and Berlin (February 5), where detailed hygiene concepts are approved.

According to Stein, the Olympic team of athletes has so far been spared corona cases. In view of the circumstances, some aces are foregoing competitions under the roof and are relying entirely on the preparation of the still uncertain summer games in Tokyo. They also include decathlon world champion Niklas Kaul (Mainz), who had an operation on his elbow in 2020. "Niklas Kaul will not take his starting place at the EM and prepare calmly for the Olympics," said the national coach.

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