EUROPEADA will take place in the summer of 202214.03.2021
TOGETHER UNIQUE – SKUPAJ ENKRATNI – ZUSAMMEN EINZIGARTIG
Dear athletes and friends from all over Europe, esteemed partners of the EUROPEADA!
The organiser of EUROPEADA, the Federal Union of European Nationalities (FUEN) and the hosts of the event have decided to postpone the European football championship of national minorities until the summer of 2022 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The event was originally scheduled for the summer of 2020, but due to the pandemic it was moved to 2021.
Despite the important steps Europe took in the fight against the virus, the pandemic is still ongoing, and measures to contain its spread are still in place in the majority of Europe’s countries. This would make it hard for teams to get prepared for the championship, and it would also jeopardize the quality of the event. EUROPEADA was always and is always going to be more than a sports event, which facilitates the collaboration and interaction of minority communities. This would also be impossible with the current social distancing measures. Even with a much improved situation by June, we consider that it would be irresponsible to hold a Europe-wide sporting event with over a thousand active people and many traveling fans.
The health and security of teams and all participants has to have the highest priority. This is why after careful deliberation and consulting partners, sponsors and teams involved in the event, we have decided to postpone the EUROPEADA to summer 2022. The EUROPEADA will take place in June 2022 in Carinthia / Koroška.
The participating teams were already informed and the organisers are currently working on rescheduling the accommodation and transport of the teams. Our team will continue to do everything possible to maintain the existing professional and business partnerships and use them to make EUROPEADA 2022 a colourful, hopeful and joyful celebration of Europe's linguistic and cultural diversity.
Originally, 24 men and 7 women teams registered to compete for the trophy. Seven minorities (South Tyroleans and Ladins from Italy, Rhaetians in Switzerland, Sorbs from Germany, the German minority in Russia, Occitans in France and the Slovene minority in Carinthia, Austria) were to compete in both the men’s and women’s competition. 17 minorities have a team enlisted only in the men’s tournament: the Croatian minority in Austria, Pomaks in Bulgaria, the Danish minority and the North Frisians in Germany, the German minority in Denmark, the Roma, German and Slovak minorities in Hungary, the Serbian minority in Croatia, the German minority in Poland, Hungarians and Aromanians in Romania, Croats in Serbia, the Cimbrian people and the Slovenes in Italy, the Hungarians in Slovakia and the Crimean Tatars. The organisers hope that all registered teams will be able to take part in the event next year.
EUROPEADA is a major European event that connects the fair competition and the enthusiasm for a sporting event with the interests of the autochthonous national minorities. The focus is on the encounter, the exchange of minorities and the public promotion. FUEN is the organiser of the EUROPEADA.
After the three successful European football championships of the autochthonous national minorities, hosted by the Romansh people in Grisons/Switzerland in 2008, the Lusatian Sorbs in Germany in 2012 and the German-speaking South Tyroleans and the Ladins in South Tyrol in Italy in 2016, the 4th EUROPEADA will take place in Carinthia/ Koroška hosted by the Carinthian Slovenes in 2022.
More information on the Europeada at the official website: www.europeada.eu
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