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The Ocean Race 2023: Danish Stopover City Aarhus reveals Presenting Partner

PRESS RELEASE

The City of Aarhus has the honour of being the first Danish city ever to host The Ocean Race. Now, the beautiful port city has found a strong Presenting Partner in the form of internationally renowned software innovation company Trifork.

Over 14 days in May / June 2023, the City of Aarhus will host The Ocean Race. It will be a massive event with an expectation of up to 400,000 happy guests, world-class sailing and a large area where both students and businesses focus on the problems of polluted oceans and the need to think in sustainable solutions.

It is the love of sailing and the necessity of sustainable solutions moving forward that has convinced Trifork CEO and Founder, Joern Larsen, to support The Ocean Race Aarhus 2023:

”Trifork is proud to support such an important and huge event as The Ocean Race Stopover in Aarhus. Ever since 1996, Trifork’s mission has been to try to improve the world. Therefore, we have always been a company that has supported sailing and young sailors. Moreover, it is incredibly important for Trifork to focus on the marine environment and ensure that we get a cleaner sea. It is the oceans that connect the world, and The Ocean Race draws a line between the continents and the three billion people who live off the oceans daily. We choose to get involved as a Presenting Partner to speak out on behalf of the marine environment and focus on the enormous problem of waste in the world’s oceans. It is a problem that requires us to act now. At the same time, the sponsorship gives Trifork a unique opportunity to achieve national and international visibility,” says Joern Larsen.

Jacob Bundsgaard, Mayor, City of Aarhus, is thrilled to have Trifork onboard as Presenting Partner for The Ocean Race Aarhus 2023:

“The fact that Aarhus as the first Danish city ever is Stopover City for The Ocean Race – one of the largest sporting events in the world – really emphasizes the city’s position as a world-class event city. The Ocean Race is an event with strong messages about the importance of, among other things, sustainability. And with Trifork as Presenting Partner, we can present a meaningful collaboration with a locally based company, which in addition to an impressive international reputation shares the same good values ​​on sustainability,” says Jacob Bundsgaard.

Sport Event Denmark – the national sporting event organization and trusted partner for many years – welcomes Trifork:

“It seems fitting that Trifork and The Ocean Race 2023 in Aarhus enter into this critical and pervasive collaboration. That’s well done. Sustainability and climate considerations are becoming more and more urgent, also within international sporting events. Staging The Ocean Race in Denmark will help to focus on these aspects too,” says Lars Lundov, CEO, Sport Event Denmark.

Rabih Azad-Ahmad, Mayor of Sport, Culture and Citizen Services, City of Aarhus, looks forward to inviting the public to this major milestone in Danish history:

“Aarhus is internationally known as a successful host of large cultural events, including our year as European Capital of Culture, hosting the conference SportAccord 2017, and a number of major international sailing events. I am proud that Aarhus in 2023 will host The Ocean Race, which in addition to an incredibly high sporting level has an important focus on sustainability. I look forward to involving the city and inviting everyone to visit the beautiful port of Aarhus. I am deeply grateful that Trifork supports Aarhus’ great ambitions,” says Rabih Azad-Ahmad.

FACTS

About The Ocean Race

  • Since 1973, top athletes have sailed around the world in the race formerly known as the Whitbread Round the World Race and the Volvo Ocean Race.
  • The Ocean Race 2022/23 edition starts in Alicante, Spain in October 2022.
  • Aarhus is the first Danish Stopover City in the history of the race.
  • The ships will be in Aarhus for 14 days, and the event is expected to attract up to 400,000 guests.
  • Sailing Aarhus and the Aarhus International Sailing Center are key partners in the project.
  • Public partners include Aarhus Municipality, Sport Event Denmark, and the Central Denmark Region.

About Trifork (www.trifork.com
Trifork is a global NextGen IT company that develops innovative software solutions in collaboration with its customers. The company has more than 800 employees, with offices in 11 countries in Europe and the USA, and works in six business areas: Digital Health, FinTech, Smart Building, Cloud Operations, Cyber Protection and Smart Enterprise. Trifork’s research and development takes place in Trifork Labs, where Trifork continuously co-invests and develops technology start-up companies. Trifork is behind the brand GOTO, which runs a global tech community with over 200,000 subscribers and more than 20 million views on YouTube.

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2023 U19 Men’s World Floorball Championship to be hosted in Denmark

Press release on behalf of Floorball Denmark, the city of Frederikshavn, and Sport Event Denmark


The next generation of world class floorball players is coming to Denmark in 2023 to duke it out over the highest international honor: The world championships. After an intense competition between many highly qualified bids, the International Floorball Federation (IFF) has decided that the U19 Men’s World Championships in 2023 will be held in Frederikshavn, Denmark.

Every journey, no matter the destination, must begin somewhere. For Floorball Denmark, the national federation for floorball in Denmark, the journey began with hosting the Men’s World Cup qualifiers in 2020. The destination: Becoming a serious contender and international force for furthering floorball around the world.


Now the second leg of the journey begins where the first leg left off. Just this week, the International Floorball Federation (IFF) selected Denmark as the host country for the U19 Men’s World Championships in 2023, which will therefore be held in Frederikshavn, Denmark from April 26 to April 30, 2023.It is impossible to overstate our excitement, says the secretary general of Floorball Denmark, Carsten Nymand Provstgaard.

The IFF is putting a lot of trust in our organization by awarding our hosting bid, and that is something we should be proud of and work hard to live up to. We are incredibly excited to build a world-class championship in Arena Nord with solid backing from our partners in the Municipality of Frederikshavn, Sport Event Denmark, SPORTLIVE and Arena Nord itself.


Not Frederikshavn’s first rodeo
The historic and industrious city of Frederikshavn is no stranger to international sporting events. In 2015, the European Handball Federation (EHF) Women’s Handball World Championships were held in the city and in 2020, the Men’s World Floorball Championship qualification round attracted more than 4,000 spectators to Frederikshavn.


The national sporting event organization, Sport Event Denmark, is equally ecstatic to see a new international event coming to Denmark:

An international youth championship can often pave the way for one or more senior championships down the line. Therefore, it is great that the 2023 U19 Men’s World Floorball Championship has been awarded to Frederikshavn. We all share – in this prolonged time of uncertainty and lockdowns – a need to rejoice and look forward to international events and championships – and even more so when they happen on our own soil, says Lars Lundov, CEO, Sport Event Denmark.


16 national teams from around the world, including Denmark, will send their best and brightest, their star attackers and invincible goalies, their unrelenting fans and incredible crews and coaches to Frederikshavn in 2023, to compete for the biggest achievement and highest honor in international floorball: The World Floorball Championship Trophy – and, of course, the bragging rights that accompany it.


More information will be released via the IFF’s newsletters, Floorball Denmark, Sport Event Denmark, Arena Nord and the city of Frederikshavn as we get closer to the event. All of the matches played by Denmark’s national team will be broadcast live on SPORTLIVE, one of Floorball Denmark’s partners in organizing and hosting this goliath of an event.

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New dates for the BWF Thomas & Uber Cup in Denmark

Press release from Badminton Denmark

The TOTAL BWF Thomas & Uber Cup is coming to Denmark in 2021, and the BWF has just announced the new dates for the major event. October 9-17, 2021, the world team championships for men’s teams and women’s teams will for the first time ever be held simultaneously in Europe.

Though it was planned and replanned several times, 2020 wasn’t the year, that the TOTAL BWF Thomas & Uber Cup would come to Denmark.

The good news, however, is that the Badminton World Federation, BWF, has just announced, that the championships are coming to Aarhus, Denmark October 9-17, 2021.We are very happy, that we in cooperation with the BWF, our sponsors and partners have succeeded in finding new dates for the Thomas & Uber Cup in 2021. Hopefully, the Covid-19 situation will be under control, so that we can give Danish and international fans the great experience of witnessing world class badminton in one of the world’s best event countries. No doubt, we will put in all we have got to create that badminton celebration, which all of us have been missing and waiting for, says Bo Jensen, CEO of Badminton Denmark.

Unquestionably, the badminton festival will be bouncing in Denmark in October. In addition to the TOTAL BWF Thomas & Uber Cup in week 40 and 41, VICTOR DENMARK OPEN will, true to tradition, be played in Odense in week 42, October 19-24. In other words, fans worldwide will have plenty of opportunities, when it comes to watching national as well as international badminton icons live in action.

In Aarhus, they are indeed excited to get to host the first part of the badminton festival.

Hopefully, we will begin to vaccinate against Covid-19 very soon. From there, we will be dreaming of a brighter future in which we all can come together to sport events and great experiences. I am looking forward to welcoming the badminton elite from around the world here in Aarhus. Together with all the badminton fans and volunteers in Aarhus we are very excited to see these dates for this big event, says Rabih Azad-Ahmad, alderman of Aarhus Municipality.

Also, Sport Event Denmark is looking forward to getting yet another skyscraping event to the Danish event program in 2021.It is indeed great, that the dates are now set for the Thomas & Uber Cup next year. The world team championships will for sure be one of the lighthouses of the 2021 event calendar along with both the European football Championships and the canoe and kayak sprint world championships, says Lars Lundov, CEO of Sport Event Denmark.

Together with the Thomas & Uber Cup sponsors, TOTAL (title sponsor), HSBC, Yonex, Moutai, GoDaddy, Alps, Danisa, Mille Food, and the partners BWF, Aarhus Municipality, Sport Event Denmark, Salling Fondene, and ViaBiler, we are looking forward to welcoming you to the TOTAL BWF Thomas & Uber Cup in Ceres Arena, Aarhus, from October 9-17, 2021.

Facts

The TOTAL BWF Thomas & Uber Cup is played in Ceres Park & Arena, Aarhus, October 9-17, 2021.

Denmark is the first country in Europe to have won the status as host organization both championships.

Denmark has previously been the host of the individual World Championships in 2014, 1999, 1991, 1983 and also the Sudirman Cup (the mixed team world championships) in 1991 and 1999.

The Danish men’s team won as the first European nation ever the Thomas Cup in 2016. At the most recent championship in Thailand in 2018, the Danish men’s team won bronze.

The Danish Uber Cup team has never won the championships, but has come in second in 2000, 1960 and 1957.

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Copenhagen to host UCI BMX World Championships 2025

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The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) just awarded the UCI BMX World Championships 2025 to the Danish Cycling Federation, that will host the event in close cooperation with the city of Copenhagen, Wonderful Copenhagen and Sport Event Denmark. Three times in the coming years, the Danish Capital will play a host of major international cycling events.

Hosting the 2025 UCI BMX World Championships is an incredible opportunity for Copenhagen and Denmark to stage a major UCI event in the year of UCI’s 125th anniversary. Thus, Denmark will make the event a tribute to the many years of cycling traditions worldwide and in Denmark, and to the further development and promotion of BMX.

“It will be fantastic to host the world’s best BMX riders for the UCI World Championships in Copenhagen in 2025. In Denmark, we already have several riders in the absolute world elite who undoubtedly will aim for the rainbow jersey on home ground. The award of the  championships is  a great recognition of Denmark as a host nation of international events, and I would like to thank Sport Event Denmark and the City of Copenhagen for making it possible, ”says Henrik Jess Jensen, president of the Danish Cycling Federation.

UCI President David Lappartient declared: “We are very pleased to award two events to Denmark, the 2025 UCI BMX World Championships in Copenhagen and the 2024 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships in Aalborg. Fourteen years after their 2011 edition, the BMX World Championships return to Copenhagen, a city that holds the UCI Bike City label in recognition of its remarkable investment in cycling. Its organiser is very experienced, with the UCI Track and Cyclo-cross World Championships to its credit. As for Aalborg, the city has solid credentials in organising mass events. I would like to thank Denmark, one of the leading countries in the promotion of cycling.”

Copenhagen – also known as Bike City Copenhagen – is the world’s best cycling city, not only because of its excellent cycling infrastructure. The capital also has a rich tradition for cycling events. In the coming years, The Grand Départ – Tour de France 2022, UCI Track Cycling World Championships 2024, and, now the UCI BMX World Championships will be staged in the city.

“As the world’s best cycling city and Grand Départ for the Tour de France in 2022, it is right in the spirit of the city that Copenhagen will host the UCI World Championships in BMX in 2025. Together with the Copenhageners, I look forward to experiencing the intense race at Copenhagen’s BMX- track on Amager, when the world’s best BMX riders compete for the prestigious rainbow jersey and the title”, says Frank Jensen, Lord Mayor of Copenhagen.

These events attract many international guests and, also the events tell the story of a cycling loving nation. Almost half of the inhabitants in Copenhagen ride their bikes daily. The many cyclists brand Copenhagens as a green city with sustainable solutions- solutions we are happy to share with the world.

“In a time when everyone longs to restart the tourism and the event economy, it is positive that the International Federation  has awarded the UCI BMX World Championships 2025 to Copenhagen. It is a big event with many foreign participants. Besides, at the same management committee meeting, the UCI has also awarded Denmark the hosting of the Gran Fondo World Championships. These awards are very positive for Danish cycling and Denmark in these difficult times, ”says Lars Lundov, ceo,  Sport Event Denmark.

The staging of the event builds on a solid BMX foundation initiated by the hosting of the event in 2011. The Copenhagen BMX venue hosted the UCI BMX World Cups 2009 and 2010 as well the UCI BMX World Championships 2011. Also, the venue hosted the Nordic BMX Championships in 2018. The Danish Cycling Federation and the volunteers of the CPH BMX club will work closely with the UCI technical delegate to create an outstanding BMX venue for the World Championships in 2025.

Along with the championships, Copenhagen, a UCI Bike City Label venue, prepares for an extensive side event program that will focus on the long-lasting effects of the event and motivate the youth to try out BMX. Approx. 240 riders are expected to participate in the championships. A Challenge tournament for amateurs will run as a side event embracing around 2600 riders age 5-90.

Facts

The Danish Cycling Federation will organize the event together with Copenhagen BMX club. The City of Copenhagen, Wonderful Copenhagen and Sport Event Denmark partner the event.

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Aalborg to , Denmark hosts the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships 2024

PRESS RELEASE

The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) has awarded Denmark UCI Gran Fondo World Championships 2024. The championships will be staged in September in Aalborg, which also hosted the same event in 2015.

The  International Federation has decided to award Denmark the hosting UCI Gran Fondo World Championships 2024

“For Denmark as a cycling nation, it is important that we can attract and host elite and mass participation events. We have a fantastic club culture with a lot of volunteers that make staging the events possible.  And, with our valuable partners, Aalborg and Sport Event Denmark we look forward to the iconic rainbow jerseys once again awarded to the winners in Denmark,” says Henrik Jess Jensen, president of the Danish Cycling Federation.

Simultaneously with the awarding of the championships  for amateurs, the UCI also awarded the 2025 UCI BMX World Championships  to Copenhagen, which makes the DCU chairman both very happy and proud.

UCI President David Lappartient declared: “We are very pleased to award two events to Denmark, the 2025 UCI BMX World Championships in Copenhagen and the 2024 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships in Aalborg. Fourteen years after their 2011 edition, the BMX World Championships return to Copenhagen, a city that holds the UCI Bike City label in recognition of its remarkable investment in cycling. Its organiser is very experienced, with the UCI Track and Cyclo-cross World Championships to its credit. As for Aalborg, the city has solid credentials in organising mass events. I would like to thank Denmark, one of the leading countries in the promotion of cycling.”

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A spectacular family feud at the European Championship in 10-dance

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The European Championship became the exact celebration of the sport as intended, when 22 couples competed for the championship in a festive setting at Savvarket in Aarhus, Denmark this weekend (September 19th.) Here the Russian couple, Semen Khrzhanovskiy and Elizaveta Lykhina danced away with the title, while the organizer and partners unanimously were thrilled.

“It was our first European Championship for Denmark, and even though we have worked extremely hard for this, we did not expect a podium place in our wildest imagination. It was completely euphoric and what a fantastic home track!” said Errol and Ami Williamson with the bronze medals around their necks. The silver medallists were Earle Williamson and Veronika Mysko from the Ukraine, while the European Champions were the Russian couple Semen Khrzhanovskiy and Elizaveta Lykhina. Earle, Errol and Ami are by the way all younger siblings to Ashli Williamson, who together with Bjørn Bitsch organized the event.

The joy over the execution of the European Championship in 10-dance shone through at both the organizers and partners. Bjørn Bitsch, who in collaboration with the Danish Dance Sport Federation, Aarhus Events and Sport Event Denmark hosted the event, said it like this: “What a ride! It has been a ride to remember. At first the postponements due to the Covid-19 situation and then a power failure halfway through the championship. But how cool it was to see the dancers, adjudicators, volunteers, spectators, partners – everybody at Savvaerket created a fantastic atmosphere!”

Also, the Danish Sport Dance Federation were happy about the recently settled event: “Yes! The rightful winners were proclaimed, and we got the opportunity to show our sport to the Danes and Denmark to the European dance world” said the Chairman of the federation Karen Pedersen, while Jørn Sønderkjær Christensen, event manager at Aarhus Event added: Aarhus has a long and proud tradition of great dance events, and this European Championship in 10-dance may help to attract future events to the city.”

“Every time Denmark hosts a championship it is a golden opportunity to e.g. give the Danes front row seats to great sport events and a home track to Danish athletes. Last night, the spectators acknowledged with a spectacular atmosphere at the wonderful setting at Savvaerket – and Errol and Ami acknowledged with a fantastic third place” said Lars Lundlow, Director, Sport Event Denmark.

Facts:

Winners:

Gold: Semen Khrzhanovskiy and Elizaveta Lykhina (Russia)

Silver: Earle Williamson and Veronika Myshko (Ukraine)

Bronze: Errol Williamson and Ami Williamson (Denmark)

The European Championship in 10-Dance were held at Savvaerket in southern Aarhus on 19 September 2020.

The European Championships in 10-Dance is an official championship under the World Dance Sport Federation (WDSF).

WDSF has 99 member countries, of which 54 are in Europe. The European Championships are held every year.

WDSF is a member of the IOC.

22 couples from a similar number of nations participated in the championship

The European Championships were organized by B&A Events with the Danish Dance Sport Federation, Aarhus Events / Municipality and Sport Event Denmark as partners and in close collaboration with the facility, Savvaerket.

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A year to ICF Canoe Sprint and Para Canoe World Championships in Denmark

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In exactly one year, for the first time in the history of canoes and kayaks, it will be possible to win both the Olympics and the World Championships in the same year when the World Championships take place in Denmark. In half a year, the Danish Canoe and Kayak Association’s 100th-anniversary celebration begins.

The 2021 ICF Canoe Sprint and Para Canoe World Championships will take place a few weeks after the postponed Olympic Game, it will be an historic opportunity to win medals at the Olympics and the World Championships in the same year. The year 2021 also marks the historic 100th anniversary of the Danish Canoe Federation. The World Championships will be the peak of the anniversary celebration.

President of the Danish Canoe Federation, Tom Faurschou says: “We’re very excited to be hosting the ICF Canoe Sprint and Para Canoe World Championships in 2021. This gives us an amazing opportunity to celebrate our 100th anniversary and to promote the sport within Denmark as well as Denmark within the world of international canoe. The event embraces the Danish elite from our past, to our present, and into the future.” 

The preparations are well underway, the main lines have been laid out and the work on the many 100 details has begun. The financial event partners are looking forward to the remaining part of the planning, and not least the event’s hosting.

“Covid-19 has changed the event scene dramatically, including the fact that the UEFA EURO 2020 has been rescheduled to 2021. The ICF Canoe Sprint and Para Canoe World Championships have only changed the date by a few weeks and will be one of the year’s absolute highlights. We are looking forward to great sporting experiences once again in Denmark,” says Lars Lundov, CEO, Sport Event, Denmark. Sport Event Denmark is the main financial partner together with the City of Copenhagen, the City of Gladsaxe, the City of Lyngby-Taarbæk, and the Capital Region.

2021 ICF Canoe Sprint and Para Canoe World Championships will be staged at Lake Bagsværd   September 14-19, 2021 by the Danish Canoe Federation for the International Canoe Federation (ICF) in collaboration with the financial partners: the City of Copenhagen, the City of Gladsaxe, the City of Lyngby-Taarbæk, the Capital Region, and Sport Event Denmark.

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Aarhus selected to host fourth SailGP event of Season 2


ROCKWOOL to serve as Title Partner for global league’s first event in Scandinavia,
set for August 20-21, 2021

PRESS RELEASE
AARHUS, Denmark – September 12, 2020 – SailGP today announced the selection of the Danish city of Aarhus
to host of the fourth event in the global championship’s second season. ROCKWOOL will serve as Title Partner
for SailGP’s Scandinavian debut as the world’s fastest sail racing descends on the picturesque Bay of Aarhus,
August 20-21, 2021. The grand prix event will mark the first opportunity for helmsman Nicolai Sehested and the
Denmark SailGP Team presented by ROCKWOOL to race on home waters following the inauguration of the
team late last year.
ROCKWOOL Denmark SailGP will take place in Aarhus Ø, the city’s new vibrant waterfront district, with racing
on the surrounding bay. The sustainable, smart city is an experienced international event host and worldrenowned
sailing venue, having recently staged the 2018 Sailing World Championships.
SailGP – the sport’s pinnacle league – will begin Season 2 next year in San Francisco on April 17-18, before
stopping in New York (June 4-5) and Plymouth, UK (July 17-18), en route to Denmark. The European leg of the
season is planned to continue in team markets France and Spain, with further venues to be announced. At the
conclusion of the season, the champion is awarded sailing’s largest monetary prize of US$1 million.
SailGP’s roster of national teams now sits at eight with the recent addition of New Zealand to the championship,
bringing the number of Olympic gold medalist helmsmen in the league to four (Sir Ben Ainslie/Great Britain,
Peter Burling/New Zealand, Nathan Outteridge/Japan, Tom Slingsby/Australia).
SailGP CEO Sir Russell Coutts said: “Aarhus is a modern, youthful, green city that excels at hosting sustainable
events, and will provide an extraordinary backdrop for our first Northern European event. SailGP features the
best athletes in the sport, and with ROCKWOOL Denmark SailGP positioned in the middle of our season, many
of our stars will be returning from the Olympics looking to further amplify the national rivalries on the world’s
fastest boats. It will no doubt be some of the most exciting racing of the year.”
ROCKWOOL CEO Jens Birgersson said: “As a proud Danish company, ROCKWOOL is delighted that SailGP
will visit Denmark for the first time ever in 2021. This event gives us the opportunity to communicate about the
things we feel strongly about – sustainability, teamwork, innovation and inspiring people to lead healthier, more
active lives. The city of Aarhus is a fantastic showcase for those values.”
Sehested said: “We’re looking forward to an unforgettable home event in Season 2. The support we’ve had from
the whole of Denmark since we entered SailGP last year has been immense, and we can’t wait to fly the flag in
front of a Danish crowd.”
Aarhus Mayor Jacob Bundsgaard said: “Aarhus is excited to host a Danish SailGP event in August 2021. The
Bay of Aarhus, surrounding the event area at Aarhus Ø, will be the venue for some of the fastest sail race boats
in the world. We are looking forward to welcoming the international teams to our city and hope that both sailors
and the many visiting guests will have a fantastic experience in our city.”
Rabih Azad-Ahmad, Aarhus mayor of sport, culture and citizens, said: “It is truly thrilling for Aarhus to be
welcoming the Danish SailGP event, bringing international top athletes to our city. It brings joy and excitement
and is a great inspiration to our young, talented, local sailors and we are very much looking forward to the
event.”
Lars Lundov, CEO of Sport Event Denmark, said: “With SailGP, we add another world-class event to the Danish
sporting calendar that creates both national and international attention. We look forward to using that attention
and SailGP’s strong sustainability agenda to assist in putting focus on sustainable solutions on land and at sea.”
In its inaugural season, SailGP events attracted more than 133,000 spectators with a global broadcast audience
exceeding 256 million and an average economic impact of US$23 million per venue.
ABOUT SAILGP
SailGP is racing redefined. Established in 2018 and headquartered in London and New York, SailGP is an
annual, global sports championship featuring bold, cutting-edge technology and awe-inspiring athleticism. The
fan-centric, inshore racing that is powered by nature takes place in some of the most iconic harbors around the
globe and culminates with a $1 million winner-takes-all match race. Rival national teams battle it out in identical
supercharged F50 catamarans, engineered for intense racing at electrifying speeds exceeding 50 knots (nearly
60 mph/100 kph). Visit SailGP.com for more information.
ABOUT ROCKWOOL GROUP
At ROCKWOOL Group, we are committed to enriching the lives of everyone who experiences our product
solutions. Our expertise is perfectly suited to tackle many of today’s biggest sustainability and development
challenges, from energy consumption and noise pollution to fire resilience, water scarcity and flooding. Our
product range reflects the diversity of the world’s needs, while supporting our stakeholders in reducing their own
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International top badminton restarts in Denmark

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International top badminton restarts in Denmark: Starting with three major events

Denmark is going to host three big badminton events when the international Championships and World Tour-tournaments restart after Covid-19. Besides the fact that Denmark is going to host the world championships for men’s and women’s national teams, TOTAL BWF Thomas & Uber Cup, and DANISA DENMARK OPEN presented by VICTOR, Badminton Denmark has also been given the task to host another major badminton event.

Since March where the All England was played, in which Viktor Axelsen came out victorious in the men’s singles category, the international top badminton calendar has been cleared due to the Covid-19 situation. But from October 3 to October 25, there will once again be badminton tournaments and championships to look forward to. But in a whole new way and on Danish soil.

The TOTAL BWF Thomas & Uber Cup will be held as scheduled from October 3 to October 11 in Aarhus, Denmark. The world championships will then be followed up by the World Tour Super 750-tournament DANISA DENMARK OPEN presented by VICTOR in Odense, Denmark, which will take place from the October 13-18. In the following week from October 20-25, the city of Odense will be hosting another big international tournament as the Super 750-tournament French Open will be moved to Denmark and hosted as Denmark Open II.

This is due to the fact that by Denmark holding all three events, the players and their teams don’t have to cross more borders than most necessary, but also because The Badminton World Federation, BWF, considers Denmark to be able to hold all three events safely.

– We are very pleased about the fact, that Denmark is going to be the place where international top badminton restarts after the Covid-19. It is history. It is huge that we are going to host both the Thomas & Uber Cup in Aarhus and two times Denmark Open in Odense. We have been working for a long time to create guidelines and recommendations together with authorities, BWF, and our partners so that we could be able to hold these three big events healthily and responsibly. We are doing everything we can to minimize the risk of infection for the players, audience, judges, volunteers, and others involved, Bo Jensen, Director of Badminton Denmark says.

Some of those initiatives that will help minimize the risk of infection will be by making different color zones so that different groups will be separated the most. Badminton Denmark will also make area divisions for the audience, unidirectional walkways, place sanitizer everywhere as well as making temperature scanning’s before entering the hall

Furthermore, will everyone in the green color zone (players, judges, official, tournament management, etc.) be Covid-19 tested continuously throughout the three weeks. Badminton Denmark collaborates with KMD for the purpose and has also bought test kits and two machines for test development, which will make us able to test key actors and get the result within 20 minutes.

In addition to this, general recommendations from the authorities and guidelines will be complied with. All audience will before these events receive practical information about this. For example, concerning toilet facilities, purchase of food, traffic information, and recommendations concerning mouthpieces and the stop-infection-app.
– We have been given a unique and historical opportunity to become the first European country to host the Thomas & Uber Cup and to hold two World Tour tournaments in a row. It will take a huge effort from my staff to lift this task. It is a task that we are very humble towards and we wish to do our absolute best to solve it at the highest level as possible so that our audience can feel safe at these events. Therefore, we introduce several initiatives, which will help all of us to enjoy world-class badminton, Bo Jensen says.
BWF’s Secretary General, Thomas Lund, is pleased about the fact that months of work soon will bear fruit at respectively Ceres Park & Arena, Aarhus, and Odense Idrætshal, Odense.

– Managing travel logistics between different territories where different entry and safety restrictions apply has been the biggest challenge. Therefore, an adjusted tournament calendar was developed. We look forward to the return of international badminton and we thank all parties and participants involved in the planning process, Thomas Lund says.

Exactly how many spectators which will be able to watch the TOTAL BWF Thomas & Uber Cup and DANISA DENMARK OPEN presented by VICTOR-tournaments depends on the political negotiations, which are going on these days. Badminton Denmark will send out more information this when the political parties have a conclusion.

Facts:
TOTAL BWF Thomas & Uber Cup
TOTAL BWF Thomas & Uber Cup will be played at Ceres Park & Arena, Aarhus, October 3-11, 2020.
Denmark is the first country in Europe that will host the TOTAL BWF Thomas & Uber Cup.
Denmark has also hosted the individual World Championships in 2014, 1999, 1991, and 1983 as well as Sudirman Cup, World Championships for mixed teams, in 1991, and 1999.
The Danish men’s national team won the Thomas Cup in 2016 as the first European nation. The men’s team won bronze medals at the World Championships for men’s teams in Thailand, 2018.
The Danish Uber Cup-national team has never won the World Championship but became second in 1957, 1960, and 2000.

DANISA DENMARK OPEN presented by VICTOR
DANISA DENMARK OPEN presented by VICTOR will be played in Odense Idrætshal, Odense, October 13-18, 2020.
The tournament is categorized as World Tour Super 750-tournament and thereby amongst the eight biggest tournaments. Only surpassed by Super 1000-tournaments: All England, China Open and Indonesia Open.
The prize money for the tournament is 750.000 American Dollars.
Joachim Fischer/Christinna Pedersen are the only Danes to have won the tournament back in 2016.

Denmark Open II
Denmark Open II will be played in Odense Idrætshal, Odense, October 20-25, 2020.
The tournament is categorized as World Tour Super 750-tournament and thereby amongst the eight biggest tournaments. Only surpassed by Super 1000-tournaments: All England, China Open and Indonesia Open.
It is the first time ever that two World Tour-tournaments will be held in the same country in a row.
The prize money for the tournament is 750.000 American Dollars.

Together with the Thomas & Uber Cup-sponsors, TOTAL (title sponsor), HSBC, Yonex, Moutai, GoDaddy, Alps, Danisa, and Mille Food as well as the championship partners BWF, Aarhus Kommune, Sport Event Denmark, Salling Fondene and ViaBiler we are looking forward to welcoming you at the TOTAL BWF Thomas & Uber Cup in Ceres Arena, Aarhus, October 3-11, 2020.

Just as well we and our sponsors DANISA (titelsponsor), HSBC (World Tour-sponsor), VICTOR, Mille Food, Destination Fyn and Holstebro Rejsecenter as well as our partners BWF, Total, Odense Kommune, Scandic, Midtfyns Bryghus, Thaisen Hus, Philipson Vine, Nespresso and TV 2 SPORT are looking forward to welcoming you at the DANISA DENMARK OPEN presented by VICTOR from October 13-18 in Odense Idrætshal.

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ITU World Duathlon Championship postponed to 2021

Due to the continued covid19 situation, we are forced to postpone the 2020 Viborg ITU Powerman MD Duathlon World Championships to autumn 2021. New date will be announced as soon as possible.

This has not been an easy decision and we know this announcement will upset your plans. We are aiming for a world-class event, with participants from all over the world. We, therefore, have to take into consideration that some athletes might not be able or allowed to travel to Denmark in October 2020, furthermore we acknowledge that many international athletes don’t feel safe traveling in these times.

We are still looking into an autumn scenario for the World Championships in Viborg next year. The new date will be announced as soon as the ITU calendar is ready to plug in our World Championships.

Athletes already registered, will be moved automatically to next year’s event. If you want a full refund instead, please send your order confirmation from Sportstiming to info@powerman.dk, and please do this before June 10. After that date, we will credit the orders.

In case of further questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Stay healthy and safe, everyone, and see you next year for the 2021 Viborg ITU Powerman MD Duathlon World Championships.

On behalf of the International Triathlon Union, International Powerman Association,
City of Viborg, Sport Event Denmark, Triathlon Denmark, and Powerman Denmark