The German males’s nationwide volleyball crew will miss the Volleyball Nations League match against China on Thursday, June 23, 2022. Statement from the German Volleyball Association and the German Men’s National Volleyball Team concerning the absence of right this moment’s VNL recreation against China:
On June 18, 2022, 21 members of the Chinese delegation examined constructive for the corona virus via speedy testing as half of routine testing. On the identical day, this end result was confirmed by PCR testing at 17:00 native time.
The Volleyball Nations League (VNL) is one of the most important tournaments within the volleyball world and we’re very involved about our progress on this match if we proceed to check constructive. A constructive check ends in the isolation of contaminated individuals and shut contacts on the web site, and makes it inconceivable to journey to the following location in Osaka/Japan. The well being penalties of an infection are additionally unpredictable.
A considerably elevated threat of an infection involved with just lately contaminated individuals can’t be dominated out with out extra measures. In many inside conferences and emails, we tried to discover a answer that will enable us to play safely with the FIVB world group. In our view, the brand new PCR check that detects the worth of CT makes a very good assertion concerning the threat of an infection. This would enable the FIVB to cut back threat for all concerned.
So it isn’t clear to us how FIVB doesn’t wish to play right this moment’s recreation against China (23.06.22 15:00 native time, 9:00 German time). ) with out extra PCR testing to make sure the best attainable security for all contributors. However, this security is all the time given as the primary precedence of the FIVB.
The worldwide group has rejected our repeated calls for to retest our deliberate adversary. The FIVB all the time refers back to the native isolation guidelines and ensures that they’re noticed. However, in our view, these minimal guidelines usually are not enough to supply the required safety on this case.
Our proposal to postpone the sport was additionally rejected. As a crew, bodily well being is our primary precedence. For this motive, we have now determined to cancel right this moment’s recreation against China in Quezon City/Philippines!
We remorse this step, however the crew and workers have fastidiously thought of and are available to this resolution. As athletes, we dedicate most of our lives to sports activities, however the thoughts should prevail right here.
We really feel sorry for the various volleyball followers, in addition to our opponents, who, in our opinion, are on this state of affairs via no fault of their very own.
DVV totally understands the choice of the crew and helps the suspension of the sport. FIVB’s rejection of “free testing” is met with misunderstanding on our half. In Germany specifically, we’re used to coping with the corona virus otherwise and cling to higher worldwide requirements within the curiosity of athletes.