BRATISLAVA – The management of the Slovak Ice Hockey Association is fighting for the renewal of youth competitions. In recent days, he has negotiated intensively with state officials. The Government of the Slovak Republic may allow competitive and training events in youth sports at Wednesday’s meeting. On Monday, it approved the return of fans to the stands to 25 percent capacity in terms of OP mode.
“Since the beginning of the season, more than two hundred children have gone to foreign clubs, which is about ten hockey teams. These are critical numbers and critical disadvantages. Last year alone, we had to cancel more than four thousand matches, another eight this season. They are irreplaceable. damages in the future, ” emphasized SZĽH President Miroslav Šatan on the hockeyslovakia.sk website.
The main requirement is OTP mode: “It was also introduced in the covid machine that we followed at the beginning of the season in October. Under certain security measures, youth hockey took place and we would need it to return to this state. This is how the sport works in all the surrounding countries. We already feel the consequences. Children go to foreign clubs, are demotivated and some don’t even come back, we need a stable decision that will be long-term and not just for a few weeks, after which it will change again. to have confidence that the system for Slovak children will survive and that children will be able to play sports according to certain rules and will not have to go abroad. “
The third hockey season is taking place, which is influenced by bans on playing competitive matches and coaching. “However, I believe that at Wednesday’s government meeting, these numbers will be critically evaluated and a safe solution will be found, which we can also observe in the surrounding states, and we will be able to create conditions for Slovak children to play sports.” added Satan, according to which the announced return of spectators to the stands could be a positive signal: “It is a step in the right direction. We do not know the details yet. If it is 25 percent capacity capacity, it is good, but clubs would need at least 50 percent to cope financially with this difficult period and for professional hockey in Slovakia to survive the next season. . “