Doctor Sport organizer of Beach Rugby in Figueira da Foz Portugal is leaving EBRA and also the European beach rugby circuit: the decision was made at the EBRA meeting which took place last weekend in Barcelona. Rui Loureiro, coordinator of the Portuguese event and one of the founding members of EBRA, for different points of view on the future of the circuit and the continental beach rugby movement, decided to withdraw. “We are sorry for this post from Rui – comments Lionel Laugier, president of EBRA – in any case we respect him and we wish him the best for his future and for the event he organizes. In any case, we must go ahead and look at 2020 with a lot of desire, determination and the awareness of having to structure the EBRA circuit with ever more professionalism and precision. “
This weekend in Barcelona (Spain) the last General Assembly of the EBRA – European Beach Rugby Association will be held, as far as 2019 is concerned. All the European EBRA Series organizers will meet under one roof to better structure the next championship and, at the same time, try to better plan the future of this disicpline. There will be representatives of Spain, precisely, in the figure of Mario Copetti, Rui Loureiro and Nuno Gramaxo from Portugal, president Lionel Laugier, from France, his deputy, the Dutch Kasper Bleijenberg and the Italian Giancarlo Stocco. << With this meeting we have the opportunity to best structure our future – comments the president Lionel Laugier – every season we try to take a step forward and also for 2020 it is our intention to try to improve ourselves in an important way. In any case, the dates of the EBRA Series have already been decided and now we only need to coordinate to guarantee all participants the maximum of professionalism >>. Summer 2020 will see the following seaside resorts at the center of the Beach Rugby Series: 13/14 June, Lake Balaton (Hungary), 20/21 June North Sea Beach Rugby in The Hague, 27/28 June in Porto (Portugal), 4/5 July in Figueira da Foz (Portugal) and Alba Adriatica (Italy), 11/12 July in Barcelona (Spain), 18/19 July in Marseille (France), the grand final, instead, will be played at the Beach Arena in Lignano Sabbiadoro, the weekend of 25 and 26 of July. << We must try to work in energy between us organizers of the stages and members of the EBRA – comments Kasper Bleijenberg, EBRA vice president and organizer of the North Sea Beach Rugby – it is important to strengthen ourselves and build together an important future for this beautiful and involving oval discipline> >.
The EBRA summarizing commission, together with the board members, analyzed the reports, drawn up tournament by tournament, by the Disciplinary Council and became aware of the fact that each event was optimally managed, greatly limiting the infringements, both during the game, how much at the organizational level.
The only aspect that has caused many problems to the disicplinare and, consequently, to the members of the EBRA assembly, has been that one related to the behaviors had from some members of the French team of the MINOTS.
After repeated negative behaviors in various stages of the European circuit, after the serious conduct held during the final of the European Championship Series, with serious and unacceptable offenses to the referees and EBRA leaders, the Disciplinary Committee submitted to the General Assembly the need to sanction the Minots coach and player. The Assembly, after a deep analysis of the situation and in view of the protection of the referees of the European circuit, unanimously took the final decision:
The assembly, held in UDINE on 21 September 2019, unanimously decided to suspend Minots’ coach Christian Quintane and player Romain Quintane from the EBRA Series 2020.