In November we announced that the registration for the 2021 European Open and European Amateur Open will begin around this time. It’s about time for an update on both events.
The event organization is currently working on an event COVID-19 policy with the local health care and city officials. The policy will outline the criteria that must be met for the events to be organized. The updated official permits are the first step at this point. Once this policy has been made and approved by the officials the registration for the events can begin. There will be a separate announcement at least a week before the registration starts.
It looks like the 2021 will be a challenging year for disc golf - especially the top international level. At the moment there are traveling and gathering restrictions in place, which would have a significant impact on both events. The PDGA announced in their COVID-19 Information and FAQs recently that "The PDGA will run all Major, Elite Series and Euro Tour events on schedule in 2021 as long as local health ordinances and policies allow for them to take place." This applies even if some players’ travel may be limited. The European Open organization works with the PDGA and aims to organize the Major and amateur events in 2021. Some changes and limitations are to be expected but at the moment it’s too early to say what those will be. As we’ve seen during the past year the global and local coronavirus situations can change quite rapidly. We’re making the preparations for a full scale European Open with alternate plans for different scenarios.
We'll keep the players and fans on top of the event with regular updates. You can expect another update on this topic by early-March. But we hope to get the registration going already before that.
All in all disc golf is doing well in these troubled times. We’re lucky to be hosting a premier event in a sport that can thrive during times like this. Hopefully we’ll see you at Nokia in July!