December, 3rd: No open competitions for international couples
After discussions with the event partners and in accordance with the current legal requirements, there will be no open competitions from children to seniors at the Blaues Band der Spree 2021. At this point in time, we had to make that decision.
Even if sports events would be possible again at the end of March, it is currently completely unclear how many people would be allowed to participate in. With the originally planned 90 or so open competitions on the last weekend in March, this would mean several thousand spectators and participants per day. Such an event seems very unlikely even in one of Berlin's largest sports complexes, such as the Max-Schmeling-Halle with its numerous side halls - especially considering all distance and hygiene requirements.
Focus on national ranking tournaments
The focus of the 2021 edition planning is thus solely on the nine national ranking tournaments. The DTV Presidium has received corresponding proposals to ensure that they will be held in 2021. The exact dates will be announced soon.
We do regret these unavoidable decisions for 2021.
September, 26th: The Blaues Band 2021 will not host WDSF world ranking competitions
Due to the current and ongoing situation regarding the coronavirus, we had to withdraw the scheduled WDSF world ranking competitions for the 2021 edition.
International sporting events require reliable information on the further development of the pandemic (such as risk areas around the globe and their consequenes for the athletes/adjudicators participation) and at the same time reliable flight connections.
At present, however, these and other matters are completely unclear. Therefore we had to inform the federations that we can not longer plan international competitions with the Blaues Band 2021.