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Spitzen Leichtathletik Luzern will be back in 2021

Spitzen Leichtathletik Luzern will be back in 2021

Spitzen Leichtathletik Luzern, the third major Swiss athletics meeting, is one of the 20 best events of its kind worldwide. The 34th edition, planned for July 1, 2020, has to be postponed by one year due to the Corona restrictions.

The association Spitzen Leichtathletik has also made this decision out of responsibility towards the athletes and the spectators - in 2019 more than 7500 viewers were present. In addition, it is still uncertain whether the international top athletes could travel to Switzerland at all. Within limits are the financial implications. "We consider ourselves lucky that we have healthy finances thanks to volunteer work and thanks to the cooperation with our sponsors. There will not be a big deficit despite the cancellation of this year's meeting." 
The plan is for Spitzen Leichtathletik Luzern to be held again at the end of June 2021.

Various options were also examined for this year's event. For example, a decentralized event was discussed, in which individual disciplines would have been held over the course of a day at various locations in the city. However, a comparison of effort and return and the many existing uncertainties did not allow this. In addition to the audience in the Allmend Stadium, and much to the regret of the organizers, people watching on TV in over 90 countries - last year there were over 15 million - will have to do without Spitzen Leichtathletik Luzern.

Perhaps the youngest will be allowed to compete

The decision is still open whether the sprint competition for the youngsters, which is integrated every year as "schnellscht Chatzestrecker" in Spitzen Leichtathletik can be held on July 1. "We are ready and, as is well known, hope dies last," says Rebecca Zopfi from the office of the Athletics Club Lucerne. There should be clarity by the end of May.

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Interview in the "Luzerner Zeitung" (de)

1. May 2020 / Stephan Zopfi

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