The 2020 EuroGames, which were scheduled to be held this August in Düsseldorf, Germany, have been called off because of continued government efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19.
Whether the event has been canceled outright or merely postponed a year is a matter of dispute between organizers and the European LGBT sports group that awards hosting rights — and that disagreement could have an impact on whatever refund paid registrants can expect.
Düsseldorf organisers say they and licensing body European Gay and Lesbian Sport Federation have been in discussions since April with future EuroGames hosts Copenhagen (2021) and Nijmegen, Netherlands (2022) about ways to handle the impact of governmental COVID-19 restrictions, such as Germany’s ban until late August against large social gatherings.
Options proposed, but not agreed upon, included bumping each EuroGames forward a year (much as the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics have been bumped to 2021) or having both Copenhagen and Düsseldorf each staging a EuroGames next year.
On Monday, May 18, Düsseldorf organizers unilaterally announced via social media that the event would not be held this year, but that they wanted to hold the event August 4-8, 2021. Currently EuroGames 2021 is scheduled for August 12-22 in Copenhagen.
“Twin-EuroGames in 2021 would enable all existing organizers to host their EuroGames and would only affect two of them,” the organizers posted on Facebook Monday. “We have organized everything for a postponement to 2021 and motivated all volunteers to keep up their engagement for another year.”
The board of EGLSF swiftly countered Düsseldorf’s request that such a vote be put before the EGLSF membership, saying it had already concluded that it would not be feasible for the Düsseldorf games to be rescheduled.