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The re-start of the tournament in Stemwede in 2020 was stopped. The int. U 19 tournament will pause the second time in a row. Like many other events the traditional tournament cannot take place due to Covid-19. “Even though we don’t know how the situation will look like end of May at the tournament weekend it would be more than careless to stick to the tournament plans at this moment. The health of everyone has priority number one.” says Wolfgang Rosengarten from tournament management.
In 2019 the tournament already had to pause after 40 consecutive years. At that time the tournament management itself has made this decision because of an unfavorable date resulting in difficulties to arrange an adequate group of participants. This year’s cancellation due to higher power is very bitter. “Our preparation was already advanced with regard to marketing and advertising efforts, but a cancellation is inevitable and necessary.” says Rainer Kröger.
The tournament management team is already looking ahead. A re-start shall take place in 2021 probably around 14th to 16th of May 2021. “A big thanks goes out to all the tournament supporters, sponsors, partners and clubs as well as all the visitors who wanted to join. We are especially sorry for our partners in the event and hotel industry who are already struggling with the difficult situation these days. We hope they will master this crisis so we can keep on working together in the next years.”