EBRA – European Beach Rugby Association met yesterday at a video conference to understand what the future of European beach rugby club will be. It has been found that the situation in Europe is extremely unstable, to the point of not even being able to confirm the progress of the tournaments. While RUGBY EUROPE cancels all the events for the senior and youth national teams, in beach rugby there is still waiting.
Having said that, the European Beach Rugby Association underlines how EBRA members await the final decisions of their national governments for those outside the organization of EBRA, who advertise and confirm the progress of their event.
<< We live in an absolutely difficult situation and that does not allow us to make long-term plans – comments Lionel Laugier, EBRA president – it is our intention to take it one step at a time, wait for the decisions of our governments and then do our best for the good of our athletes and, in case, think with great optimism to 2021 >>.
And so at the total closure of the Hague in Holland and Alba Adriatica in Italy, the very likely one of Lignano Sabbiadoro in Italy will follow. Too many legal risks to take for COVID-19 risk.
Marseille, Barcelona, Porto and Balaton Lake are pessimistic, but await the final decisions of their respective governments in May.
<< We are forced to act waiting for the decisions of others – concludes President Lionel Laugier – we all have a great desire for beach rugby, to play and to smile again, however for the good of all we must think of the common good, of our players and our families. Reason why we will make a final decision, waiting for the developments of May >>.
In any case, EBRA – European Beach Rugby Association is continuing to work for the development and diffusion of beach rugby, in Europe and beyond. Decisions have been made on some projects which will be revealed shortly. The future? It was unanimously decided to plan the future well in advance. Strong signal of union and proactivity for EBRA and its circuit.
<< We are waiting for the latest government decisions for this season – concludes Lionel Laugier – but as soon as possible we will let you know the future of EBRA and its European Series. What is certain is that the future will still be full of our enthusiasm and above all of much Beach Rugby >>.
Meanwhile, he decided on the dates of the EBRA SERIES 2021 well in advance.
The headquarters of the 2021 European Final was unanimously confirmed: Lignano Sabbiadoro.
EBRA Series 2021:
June 12-13 BALATON LAKE – Hungary
June 19-20 JNORTH SEA BEACH RUGBY CUP – Netherlands
June 26-27 PORTO BEACH RUGBY CUP – Portugal
July 03-04 ALBA ADRIATICA – Italy
July 10-11 BARCELONA – Spain
July 17-18 SOUTH BEACH RUGBY – MARSEILLE, France
July 24-25 EBRA SERIES 2021 FINAL – Lignano Sabbiadoro, ITALY