The FIFG has carried out another survey among member countries to define the resumption date of the World Tour 2020/21. The results show that countries still have various restrictions regarding international travel, therefore the FIFG board have decided to postpone the World Tour until January 1st, 2021.
Almost 67% of the countries have voted for the World Tour to restart beginning of 2021.
Furthermore, the majority of the countries require a 14-day quarantine upon arrival. Finally, there are still some countries in which FootGolf tournaments are still not allowed.
As decided a few months ago, the Regional Tours remain the same. Every region is independent and can make its own decisions regarding its tournaments. As of now Region 3 and 4 remain active.
The Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic supported the Slovak National FootGolf Team after reaching the podium in the Euro FootGolf last year. Every player earned €1000 from the government.
Every single player who represented Slovakia at the latest European FootGolf Team Championships earned €1000 from the government. At the Euro FootGolf organized in the UK last year, Slovakia grabbed the bronze medal.
“We are very happy to have reached this status that the ministry has supported us. It is the first time we are in the same group with professionals like the athletes preparing for the Olympics.” told us Tomas Bartko, general secretary of SFGA, who was part of the success in 2019 also.
“It is a historical moment and not just for the Slovak athletes, but for FootGolf at all. When a government spends money to honour their great footgolfers, it is another proof, that FootGolf is on the way to reach something big in the future.” commented Gábor Gelencsér, president of the FIFG.
The Slovak National FootGolf Team:
FootGolf Turkey has been suspended until December 1st. They are banned from organizing any FIFG event in this period. The FIFG Board will evaluate the status of the organization again in December.
The FIFG Board decided to suspend the Türkiye FootGolf Dernegi, the official Turkish member of the FIFG until December 1st. There were several problems with FootGolf Turkey in the last three years, and FIFG got only promises and the problems were not solved.
FootGolf Turkey has presented plans to the FIFG over the past three years about the development of FootGolf in Turkey and a way to solve some issues they are having, but their plan has been unsuccessful in moving the sport forward or solving these issues.
“As a basically inactive country with little involvement in the FIFG we feel we need to suspend them so others may have a chance to develop the sport there. It was a hard decision and we all know, it is a historical moment somehow.” said Gábor Gelencsér, president of the FIFG.
The leader of the international organization underlined: “We want to give them the opportunity to correct the problems and have given them a timeline and a review process to see if they will be able to go forward and accomplish the things they have promised.”
The suspension ends December 1st, when the Board will evaluate the situation.
Here you can read the reaction of the FIFG Board to the Swiss tournament called The Classic.
Dear FIFG Members and World Tour Players,
Because of the confusion originated around The Classic FootGolf event in Switzerland and several emails we have received from country members and players, we feel that it is best if we share with you what the FIFG Board of Directors received as information about the decision made entirely and exclusively by the members of the Swiss FootGolf Board.
Please be clear that it was not until July 14th, 2020 that the FIFG Board received the following letter from Guy Pernet as President of Association Suisse de FootGolf.
"Dear members of the board,
Following our board meeting from yesterday evening I inform you that :
- Swissfootgolf will note use blue golf system for the competitions in 2020. This has to consequence that no competition will be integrated in the Regional Tour 3 and the World Tour from now until 31.12.2020.
- At the moment no Swiss player attend to take a FIFG licence from now until 31.12.2020
Regarding the last FIFG news send by Lucas concerning the payment from 2020 FIFG fees can you please send us asap an invoice like during the previous year. So your treasurer will be able to pay asap the amount of $500.-.
Association Suisse de Footgolf (Swissfootgolf)
Guy Pernet, président"
We want to make everyone clear that the FIFG Board did not make any decision as to The Classic not having any FIFG World Tour points. The decision was made by the Swiss Board and the information was forwarded to us a few months after opening registration to the tournament. This has nothing to do with their membership fee to the FIFG as they will pay that as all members do nor does it have anything to do with them not wanting to use the BlueGolf system as far as we know. They actually were one of the first countries to get their payment system into BlueGolf when the Board set that step and have been active in learning how to use the BlueGolf system. Besides, the decision of using BlueGolf has been duly communicated to every country by the end of last year.
The decision to remove this tournament from the World Tour was solely their decision, even though they initially used the FIFG World Tour platform to promote the event offering FIFG World Tour points. As the FIFG Board we understand the concern of all players and we were very surprised to get this email from them especially knowing that they had The Classic coming up. What we were not informed of was the letter that they sent out to all players about the situation and we regret that many of you took that letter to mean that the FIFG had banned them from participating in the World Tour because they didn't want to use the BlueGolf system and/or they wanted to included non-licensed players.
We suggest that you direct all further questions to the Swiss Board and hopefully they will satisfy your concerns. As a Board we take very seriously the hardship the Swiss Board has caused with their decision to many players, especially during these times when travel is difficult. The Board is reviewing this situation and will take steps to make sure this does not happen again without player knowledge before they pay entry fees.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Federation for International FootGolf