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Event Update in case of Covid-19 virus

Dear Members, Athletes.

These are difficult times for all of us. It is, of course, terrible to see how many people are sick and in worst case, did die. We, as the EPBF board, understand all too well that an Events update, as we are putting it together at the moment, are actually not among the priorities of the current situation, but we hope that an update on the state of affairs will also provide some form of positivity throughout this difficult period. There are also other times to come and we should not forget that also.

We also hope that you, your families and all other loved once’s are safe and healthy but we also realize that, due to the information we do receive every day via the media, that it is not realistic to think that this virus doesn’t affect the billiard community. Without any doubt the Billiard community, which does include the EPBF family, will be affected in some shape and form. For those who are affected we do feel sympathy and, in our minds, we will be with you and hope that you can get all the strength that you need to overcome your losses.

In the past period the EPBF board did try to take decisions about the cancellations and / or postponement of events, by taking into account the decisions of governments in Europe, organizers of the announced events and by using common sense. This did lead so far to the cancellation / postponement of the “Dynamic Billard European Championships Women, Men, U23 & Wheelchair Athletes” and the “Predator Euro Tour Women Tampere Open” & the “Dynamic Billard Euro Tour Men Tampere Open” which should be held in Tampere / Finland. Due to the current situation it is now also decided that the Euro Tour Women “Predator St. Johann im Pongau Open” presented by Ballazzo & the Euro Tour Men “Dynamic Billard St. Johann Open” presented by Snowspace Salzburg, are definitely postponed and therefore will not be held in June 2020.

This means that at this moment the next planned events at our calendar are the Dynamic Billiard European Championships U17, U19 and Girls in combination with the ET Men “Dynamic Billard Petrich Open” & the ET Women “Predator Petrich Open” to be held in Petrich / Bulgaria.

As you can see at our EPBF sports calendar it is mentioned quit a few times “postponed” behind events. The amount of cancelled and/or postponed events around the world is enormous. In case that all these events want to find new dates in 2020, it goes without saying that there will be collisions of dates. There is simply not enough space to re-schedule all these cancelled / postponed events in the second half of 2020. Of course, we don't know how long the current situation will last so that is also an unknown factor in the decision making. However. The EPBF board together with their hosts, will try whatever is possible to at least re-schedule their events before it is decided to cancel the event definitely. With this letter we want to update you what the situation is.

Here the overview:

Dynamic Billard European Championships 2020

  1. U17, U19 & Girls
    This EC is still planned in July as mentioned at the EPBF Sports calendar. The final decision whether the event can, or will be held will be made latest 20.05.2020.
  2. Women, Men, U23, Wheelchair, Ladies & Seniors
    As you can see in the name the EPBF board together with the Turkish billiard Federation did decide to add the postponed EC from Tampere to the EC Ladies & Seniors in November 2020.
    The event will be held in Antalya and the number of used tables will be 32. The official dates will be:

    Arrival date & accreditation: 13.11.2020
    Matches: 14.11.2020
    Last playing date: 24.11.2020
    Departure date: 25.11.2020

    We want to thank at this point the Turkish Billiard federation for their offer to host the EC Women, Men, U23 & Wheelchair athletes in 2020 after the decision to cancel the EC in Tampere.
If the European Championships will be held as mentioned above it does mean that all European Championships 2020 will be hosted.

Dynamic Billard Euro Tour Men events in 2020

  1. The Dynamic Billard Treviso Open is held and finished just before the Covid-19 crises.
  2. The Dynamic Billard Tampere Open is herewith definitely cancelled and will not be re-scheduled.
  3. The Dynamic Billard St. Johann im Pongau Open is postponed and will be re-scheduled at 08.- 10.10.2020.
  4. The Dynamic Billard Petrich Open is still planned in July / August 2020. Final decision if the event will be held will be taken latest 20.05.2020
  5. The Dynamic Billard Euro Tour in October was still Open and will now be reserved for the postponed ET in St. Johann im Pongau.
  6. The Dynamic Billard Euro Tour Antalya Open will be held, after the rescheduling of the EC Women, Men, U23, Wheelchair, Ladies & Seniors, at the following dates:

    Arrival date : 25.11.2020
    Matches: 26.11.2020
    Final: 28.11.2020
    Departure date: 29.11.2020

Predator Euro Tour Women events in 2020

  1. The Predator Treviso Open is held and finished just before the Covid-19 crises.
  2. The Predator Tampere Open is herewith definitely cancelled and will not be re-scheduled.
  3. The Predator St. Johann im Pongau Open is postponed and will be rescheduled at 10. & 11.10.2020
  4. The Predator Petrich Open is still planned in August 2020. Final decision if the event will be held will be taken latest 20.05.2020
  5. The Predator Euro Tour Antalya Open will be held, after the re-scheduling of the EC Women, Men, U23, Wheelchair, Ladies & Seniors, at the following dates:

    Arrival date : 25.11.2020
    Matches: 26.11.2020
    Final: 28.11.2020
    Departure date: 29.11.2020

All the information with regards to the Euro Tour does mean that if the program can be held as mentioned above, it would mean that the year 2020 does contain at the end of the year:
a. 4 Euro Tour Men Events
b. 4 Euro Tour Women Events

We will soon change the EPBF Sports calendar at the website epbf.com.

This does conclude the events Update 2020 for this moment.

We will send the next update as soon as we do have information to share.

Hope this all suites and we wish you all the best, stay safe and healthy.

On behalf of the EPBF Board,
Gre Leenders, President EPBF