A particular point of criticism of the solution adopted was that the sometimes very unequal number of games played was not taken into account. It is logical that a team with more games can also tend to have more points.
This decision also “surprised” us at first and we found it extremely strange. However, the betting rules have shed some light on the matter. There it is regulated that:
- games played must be scored.
- a cancellation or an extension of the season is not allowed.
Now, we are not legal experts. However, it seems that this solution is the most unassailable of all solutions according to officials, lawyers and the betting regulations. Here we gladly refer to the DTTB’s statement on this topic:
We can only appeal urgently to accept this decision as it is. However unfair the decision may be in individual cases: With calls for protest or boycott we only harm ourselves and our sport. It is imperative to accept the decisions without amendment. This is the only way to ensure that our beloved sport can soon run smoothly again in “normal” tracks. Again we can refer to a blog article from myTischtennis, which takes a stand on this topic:
Apart from the negative views, there might even be opportunities for table tennis in general and for clubs: It seems that table tennis is currently enjoying great popularity in the hobby area “at home”. Possibly there might even be a potential for future membership recruitment. Therefore we try to see the positive in the current situation and to seize new chances.
We also want to look at the situation from a different perspective: Other sports such as football are much harder hit than we are in table tennis. We should be aware of that right now. In football, we are talking about amounts in the three-digit millions and more than 100,000 jobs in Germany alone. This shows that the scale is much greater there. So in table tennis we have luck in misfortune.
But one thing is for sure: The longer the forced recess lasts, the more you look forward to it when it starts again.
But now to you: How do you see the effects of the corona-virus? You are welcome to leave us your opinions about the decisions in the comments. We would be happy about that!
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