Glacier 3000 Run still open

Tue, 19. May. 2020

With the cancellation of the Swiss Open Gstaad, the gap in Gstaad's event calendar has become wider. 27 May will probably mark the decisive moment for the events that have not been cancelled yet.

The Federal Council decided at the end of April that major events cannot be held until August. To Jeff Collet and his team from Grand Chelem Event SA it was immediately clear that the tennis tournaments they were organising in Gstaad and Lausanne were not feasible. However, only the world tennis federation (ATP and WTA) is in a position to cancel tournaments of the official tours.

The ATP hesitated for a long time, as it had to decide on a number of tournaments at the same time. Last Friday, the ATP eventually decided to cancel all ATP tournaments scheduled until 31 July. The health of the population, the spectators, the players and all those involved in the tournament had top priority.

While the organisers of the Swiss Open Gstaad confirm the 2021 tournament, the exact date has not been communicated yet. The tournament is already listed in the ATP tournament calendar 2021. However, the ATP cannot yet confirm the dates for next year due to tournament postponements and cancellations this season. In addition, the postponed staging of the Summer Olympics in Tokyo from 23 July to 8 August 2021 will have to be taken into account.

Glacier 3000 Run open
According to Bernhard Tschannen, CEO of Glacier 3000 AG, the Glacier Run 2020 is currently still scheduled for 8 August. The organisers are waiting with their final decision on the further relaxation of current measures against the corona virus. The current ban on events with more than 1000 visitors until the end of August would make the mountain run impossible. The Glacier 3000 Run with a starting field of over 1000 participants and the 200-strong team of helpers clearly exceeds this limit.

If the event cannot take place as planned, registered participants will be guaranteed full repayment of the registration fee by Datasport.

Quality before deadlines
Even the organisers of the traditional Saanen Brocante cannot yet confirm their event this summer. "With the visitors who, as experience shows, come in large numbers and sometimes from very far away to the Saanen Brocante, we are probably one of the major events with over 1000 visitors", explains Niclas Baumer, president of the Brocante.

"We, like many other organisers of major events, are eagerly awaiting 27 May and hope that the Federal Council will make precise statements on how to deal with major events", says Baumer. He not consider a limit on the number of stands to fit into possible measures. "We want to hold the Brocante in the usual quality. So if the protective measures and rules of conduct have a drastic effect on the brocante, we would rather refrain from carrying it out". However, the organisers are open to a postponement until the fall.

Based on AvS/Jenny Sterchi

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As I am writing this the noise from the icefield and tennis area should be entering my office.

At this time of year, the beach volleyball tournament should be in full swing. People in flip-flops and with flags to cheer on their team should be milling about in the Promenade.