Announcement about the 20th Kick Off 2 World Cup

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Announcement about the 20th Kick Off 2 World Cup

Postby alkis21 » Sun Jun 14, 2020 3:57 pm

Dear friends,

We have been closely monitoring the situation evolving around Covid-19. After much deliberation and considering the contingency and prevention measures that are currently into place, on behalf of the Greek Organizing Committee I regret to inform you that the 20th Kick Off 2 World Cup that was scheduled to take place in Athens this year is canceled.

Trust me when I say that this decision was not taken lightly, and nobody is more upset about it than I am, as I had been looking forward to celebrating the game's 30th anniversary with my friends. As some of you may know, I am a professional congress organizer so I'm going to tell you what I tell all my clients who have an international event planned for 2020 in Greece: Whoever does not decide to make their event a virtual one or postpone it for 2021, they're taking a huge risk. We do not know how the situation will be in November, we cannot be sure whether there will be a second wave of cases or whether the prevention measures that will be in place in November will even allow us to host a Kick Off 2 tournament. At the moment, all events have the obligation to leave two empty seats between people inside a hall, which means that we wouldn't even be allowed to sit down and play with these measures. But even if things are perfectly safe and under control in Athens in November, how can we guarantee the same for every other country? Two of the most active KOA countries, Italy and England, were hit hard by the virus. Will every KOAer be allowed to travel to Greece and back in November, and if they will, will they want to? Or will it be considered too big a risk? I could take a poll and ask people now, but can I count on whatever answer you give me in June when none of us knows how it will be in November?

We waited as long as I could, but we are now at the point where people will consider buying their ticket and making plans, which means that it will be even harder if we cancel at a later date.

I really wish I had better news to tell you, I hope that you and your loved ones will stay safe and that we will have the opportunity to meet again in the near future when all this is behind us.
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Re: Announcement about the 20th Kick Off 2 World Cup

Postby durban » Sun Jun 14, 2020 4:07 pm

Alkis,

I think this is the most sensible decision, we simply cannot see what the situation will be in November and leaving the decision any later would make it very diffucult for everyone involved.

I feel if politicians around the world were as up front and open about their own decision making it would be a better place.

I fully support this decision and hope that nobody has been left out of pocket, but sure the community will pull together to help those who have.

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Re: Announcement about the 20th Kick Off 2 World Cup

Postby Steve Camber » Sun Jun 14, 2020 4:09 pm

Thanks Alkis, perfectly understandable in these strange times. I'm sure this is just a temporary delay to an epic Athens world cup, whenever the time is right. I of course shall be there.
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Re: Announcement about the 20th Kick Off 2 World Cup

Postby Rodolfo » Sun Jun 14, 2020 4:10 pm

This is the sensible thing to do now.

The future is too uncertain, and although the nearer we would get to the date the clearer we could have seen the scenario, also would have meant a much bigger financial damage in case of the necessity of a last minute cancelation.

We will meet again in a World Cup.
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Re: Announcement about the 20th Kick Off 2 World Cup

Postby Lee W » Sun Jun 14, 2020 5:28 pm

gutted doesn't come close... but perfectly understandable, i don't envy you having to make the call!

let's get an online, virtual WC going!
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Re: Announcement about the 20th Kick Off 2 World Cup

Postby manicx » Sun Jun 14, 2020 6:47 pm

This is the safest for all. Playing a game and meeting with friends is something that should be enjoyable and fun. Even if this was taking place, it wouldn't be fun, not to mention all the precautions in a very uncertain autumn/winter to come. 2020 is the worst year of my life. Disappointed that it coincides with the 30th anniversary of KO2.
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Re: Announcement about the 20th Kick Off 2 World Cup

Postby iankay » Sun Jun 14, 2020 7:16 pm

That's no surprise, I hope I can join you all for a World Cup in Greece another year.
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Re: Announcement about the 20th Kick Off 2 World Cup

Postby Freshmaker » Sun Jun 14, 2020 7:54 pm

A tough decision, but the right one to make. Let's all look forward to the 2021 Athens World Cup.
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Re: Announcement about the 20th Kick Off 2 World Cup

Postby Torchiador » Mon Jun 15, 2020 10:09 am

Just 2 weeks before the pandemic was declared we couldn’t even barely figure out what would have happened in the very next months after that.
At the moment we can just HOPE the situation could get better.
We can see that most of the things in most of the countries struck hard by pandemic are better now but every is still uncertain. In Italy we don’t even have a certain date for the schools to open back.
It is a very sad decision but i think it also is the only sensible choice.

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