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Corona regulation divides badminton players into two classes

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At the badminton crash site in Mülheim, caution continues, even if the athletes are likely to do more. With the 1st BVM, however, the effort is huge.

After the last corona protection ordinances were published by the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, it was clear: indoor athletes must continue to be patient and can only fully pursue their urge to move outside the halls.

From Monday this will finally be over – indoor athletes can also do contact sports with up to 10 people in the hall again, as the state government announced on Corpus Christi day. With a hygiene concept, of course.

However, the regulation left a back door. Because unlike in amateur sports, up to ten people have been allowed to train with physical contact at federal and performance support centers for a long time. For Mülheim this meant: The badminton players of 1. BV Mülheim had to continue to train with severe restrictions, while the athletes at the performance base in Südstraße had significantly more freedom – in theory.

Base can do more – but caution is called for here too

Because at the base, the badminton professionals did not always advance as far as they could. “It always went through the city and in consultation with the health department. They decide and have received a concrete plan from us about the hygiene measures, ”said national coach Detlef Poste clearly.

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Badminton has the advantage that there is a lot of space for less active people. “The hall is nine meters high, we are twelve people. This is different from a choir that stands on an area of ​​no more than three fields. We are already very sure of that and hope that it will also work with twelve people. We are two meters away from each field and train in fixed pairings. We only use six of our nine fields. We’re not going to play doubles any longer and will first see how things consolidate with the increase in the number of players, ”explains Poste, how he goes about planning training – and what he is asking of the players.

“It is one of the keys that the athletes realize that they are careful in their private sphere, that they are not moving around completely inattentively and meeting lots of people. You already know that it will be critical if someone brings the virus into the hall, ”says the national coach.

Almost all athletes at 1. BV Mülheim have returned to the hall

Some can, but don’t really want to, others are not even allowed to, like the 1st BVM. He’s been ramping up his training program for a while, but had to get creative with the restrictions.

While the kindergarten minis are training outside under the direction of Petra Reichel, the other members have returned to the hall. “Of course our older members and some hobby players have a hard time. The beloved doubles and mixed are not allowed to be played because of the distance rules ”, says Berthold Altenbeck, managing director and trainer at 1. BVM. However, from the beginning the joy clearly outweighed the fact that at the end of May, after a week-long break, we returned to training.

Online registration and a well-timed program

However, this required a lot of effort: each youth player is picked up by the respective coach before training in front of the hall so that the distance rule can be observed. Mouth and nose protection must be worn when entering and exiting, but not in the fields. Hands are always disinfected when entering.

“Some are scared and shrink back. If it doesn’t hurt then everything will be fine again, ”says Altenbeck. Every athlete has his assigned field. Which is regulated by a plan on which the members have to register on the Internet.

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“This enables precise control of almost all situations. Since the distance rule must also be adhered to in the fields, only half fields can sometimes be used. The front field should also be avoided, ”explains Altenbeck. During the game, the training partner always remains the same, after 50 minutes there is a change and it is the turn of the next group.

Despite all these measures and the associated difficulties, Altenbeck has a positive feeling: “You can see how happy many are to finally be able to hit the ball again. When you look into the eyes of the athletes, you know that the effort was worth it. “

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