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200 judo athletes from 13 nations have to leave Mittersill again. The scheduled training camp was canceled.
Together with the Austrian Judo Association, the State of Salzburg agreed on Monday to end a judo training camp in Mittersill. The event would have been legally possible due to the professional sports regulation.
“Nevertheless, we appeal to all sports associations and clubs to reduce their contacts as much as possible and not hold events at the moment. This difficult situation can only be overcome if we all stick together, even if it is painful,” say Governor Wilfried Haslauer and Regional Councilor Stefan Schnöll in a joint statement.
The training camp planned in Mittersill did not require approval, as the event falls under the professional sports regulation and is permitted according to the ordinance of the Ministry of Health. The athletes and supervisors did not arrive until Sunday and Monday.
The organizer had developed a Covid 19 prevention concept. A total of 200 professional athletes from 13 nations trained at this camp over the next few days.
“Due to the current developments …”
The President of the Austrian Judo Association, Martin Poiger, said: “The Olympic training camp in Mittersill was planned and carried out under the strictest COVID-19 conditions. All judoka and coaches, national and international, were tested negative at least twice in advance. Further tests were planned every 48 hours. Due to the current developments in the country or in the region, we have come to the decision in coordination with the local authorities to end the training camp early. The health of all involved and the local population is of course in the foreground “.
Part of these current developments are the recent incidents involving ski instructor training camps in Salzburg’s Pongau and in the Jochberg area in Tyrol.
The Mayor of Mittersill, Wolfgang Viertler, also supports this decision: “In times like these we have to do the right things. A rejection is also the right signal for the local population, who have been in lockdown for weeks. Now we all have to help together and master this exceptional situation. “