US News Chio in Corona times: «This is a good sign»

13:50  14 september  2021
13:50  14 september  2021 Source:   kicker.de

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The special thing about the CHIO 2021 is that it takes place at all. One year after the cancellation because of Corona, not only in the organizers is the relief in the fact that the tournament celebrated as a world-resistant tournament in the Aachener Soers is ridden.

Zugpferd beim CHIO in Aachen: Jessica von Bredow-Werndl. © Friso Gentsch / DPA Drug Horse at the Chio in Aachen: Jessica by Bredow-Werndl.

"That it takes place is very important for us and for the equestrian sport. That's a good sign, "said the seven-time dressage Olympic champion isabell Werth. Because already for the upcoming indoor season, a Corona disaster is indicated in the face of numerous tournament releases for riding.

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also for the German equestrian association FN is the chio of great importance. "A renewed cancellation would have been very bitter. The famous Chio looks the whole sports world, "said FN-Sportschef Dennis Peiler. "The tournament also has a social status in addition to the sport."

Unusual time

While the organizers insure their communications that the issue 2021 becomes a chio, "how people know and love them". " Nevertheless, much will be different. Alone the time in September instead of as usual at the beginning of the summer is unusual. Among other things, the Corona measures resulting in half approved audience and the 3G rule (access only for vaccinated, genestra and negatively tested).

and sometimes the coronary unfamiliar shows in detail. "I've never seen so much Plexiglas as here on the premises," said Tournament Director Frank Kemperman in front of the official opening event on Tuesday evening. Also, countless devices have been purchased for air purification. "We have a big budget for the Corona costs," said the 66-year-old.

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total status remains existing

The total of it is about 18 million euros this year. The prize money in the competitions in jumping, in the dressage, the versatility, in vaulting and driving even rose to the record level of almost 3.4 million euros. The Springreit elite alone is fighting by 2.7 million euros. The doping in the Nations Award on Thursday evening was increased to one million euros, the great price on Sunday is advertised as otherwise equally advertised with a million euros.

that the tournament in Corona times economically expects, is rather unlikely. "It is important that the tournament can take place. Then we have to see how we come out of reasonable. But I do not believe that we can celebrate big here, "Kemperman said. "Bad than last year, however, it can not be."

A renewed cancellation as 2020 would have had for the tournament and the Chio brand negative consequences, also believes Marketing Chief Michael Mronz. If necessary, a Chio could have occurred this year without viewers, he said last week in an interview of the "Rheinische Post".

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fight for jobs

This would have been "the main driver of the chio mood". But it also deals with the question, "how many years I can disappear as a brand as a fire from the scene until I also disappear from the focus of people," Mronz said. And incidentally, there are also jobs, "We have 40 employees here in Aachen».

early this year, Kemperman, Mronz and her team decided to relocate the tournament in September, hoping, "that then the world is normal again," as Kemperman said. Due to the laying, the sporting value of the tournament has changed. Otherwise, the Chio is always before Olympic Games and Champions and is a location determination for the world class or a last sighting for national skippages. Also, the tournament has no great competition from other tournaments in July.

Now the Chio lies after the Olympic Games in Tokyo, the Springreit-European Championship in Hagenbeck and the Dressage European Chama in Hagen near Osnabrück and immediately before the versatility European Championship in Avenches in Switzerland. "Normally we say, that's a hot candidate for Olympia or for the World Cup or the em. Now we say: The or who won gold, "said Kemperman.

In fact, the dressage Olympic champions of Jessica of Bredow-Werndl and Isabell Werth, versatility Olympic champion are shown in Aachen in Aachen. But only the Briton brings his gold horse explosive into the Soers.

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