Will the Eurogames in Dusseldorf be cancelled?
Thousands of LGBTQ sportspeople from across Europe have been looking forward the Eurogames planned for Dusseldorf.
Eurogames is a massive multi-sport event. It’s one of the annual highlights of the queer sporting calendar. Teams and individual sportspeople spend a lot of time and energy training and planning for Eurogames.
Obviously, everything has been thrown up into the air by Covid-19.
Eurogames in Dusseldorf is scheduled to take place from 5-9 August.
As things currently stand, no decision has been made as to whether Eurogames will be able to proceed.
On 23 March, organisers confirmed that everything is on hold and that they’re reviewing the situation. Organisers have said that no decision will be made until mid-April, when they hope to have a clearer understanding of how long the Covid-19 disruption will continue.
On 7 April, organisers wrote to all registered participants to advise that they have extended their cancellation deadline from 20 April to 30 June.
Covid-19 in Germany
Germany is currently reporting a high number of infections but a relatively low number of Covid-19 related deaths.
As at 9 April, they’re reporting 113,296 confirmed infections and 2,349 deaths.
Experts in Germany are urging caution, as they expect infection rates and death rates to continue to rise in the coming weeks.
Q&A Guidance about Eurogames in Dusseldorf
Is Eurogames in Dusseldorf cancelled?
Not yet. The situation remains under review, but no decision about cancelling the event has been announced.
Is it likely that Eurogames in Dusseldorf will be cancelled?
It’s hard to predict. While the current level of restrictions would prevent an event such as Eurogames, we don’t know how long these restrictions will remain in place and how long the disruption will continue once the restrictions have been lifted. Organisers have indicated that they’ll be providing more information in mid-April.
I’ve booked everything for Eurogames – should I cancel?
Given that we’re still a few months away from August, and there continues to be a lot of uncertainty, the best course of action is probably best to sit tight and wait for further information.
If you want to try and take some control of your plans, see what information is available about the cancellation terms and conditions – particularly for your hotel accommodation and your travel. Check to see if there any specific dates that you need to be aware of from a cancellation perspective.
Eurogames have extended their cancellation deadline from 30 April until 30 June.
I haven’t booked Eurogames yet, but I’d like to go if possible – should I book now?
It’s probably best to hold off booking until we have a clearer picture of whether the Eurogames is going ahead and how travel and accommodation requirements will shape up. We should know more in mid-April.
Does my travel insurance cover Eurogames?
You need to check the details of your travel insurance policy. Insurance companies are currently struggling to respond to all of the queries from their customers. If your query isn’t urgent, try and avoid contacting your insurer until closer to the date of the event.
If you and your team have already booked for Eurogames, or if you’re wanting to keep everyone up-to-date with what’s happening with Eurogames, one of the best tools to use is Wilde Trip.
Wilde Trip is an online platform designed to help LGBTQ sports teams communicate and plan.
Use the Eurogames Dusseldorf trip template, add in the members of your team, and use the platform to share regular updates on the latest information and any action that your team needs to take.
We’ll be reviewing the available information and updating this page on a daily basis to help keep everyone informed