The Dutch men's national football team manager Ronald Koeman opened up for the first time about the the heart attack he suffered just over three weeks ago. He spoke about the incident, his current health status, and his family health history as a guest on television talk show Beau on Thursday night.
Event venues, suppliers and the organizers of concerts, sports matches and other events are teaming up to figure out how to organize events that people can attend without risking a coronavirus infection. They're working on ideas on how attendees can enter, sit, use catering and toilet facilities, and leave again, all while maintaining social distancing, NOS reports.
Andy Hoepelman, professor of internal medicine and infectious diseases at UMC Utrecht and accomplished former water polo athlete, understands the government's strategy with being careful about restarting contact sports. In this coronavirus crisis, safety comes first, he said to NOS. "Caution remains desirable. In my view, it is a good strategy, but baseball should be possible again," Hoepelman said.
There will be no Formula 1 race in Zandvoort this year. The organizers determined that it is impossible to hold a race with fans present this year, and decided against a Grand Prix with empty stands. The inaugural race at the Zandvoort circuit will therefore happen in the 2021 season, Formula 1 Heineken Dutch Grand Prix announced.
Dutch football player Luuk de Jong is under fire in Spain along with three of his Sevilla FC teammates after photos showing the footballers at a party with their partners and some friends were posted on social media. The photos show them ignoring the rules in place to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
Doctors at the Amphia Hospital in Breda are teaming up with Noord-Brabant football clubs PSV, Willem II, RKC, and NAC to monitor if and how the coronavirus spreads in team sports. The footballers' health will be monitored in the coming months, and if they show symptoms of the coronavirus, the researchers will track down where they got the virus and whether it spread to their teammates, doctor Peter Joosten, initiator of this study, said to Omroep Brabant.
American television show Last Week Tonight with John Oliver pushed two Nijmegen brothers' marble racing league into the spotlight. After British-American comedian John Oliver announced Monday night in the U.S. that his show will be sponsoring Jelle's Marble Runs, the YouTube channel's subscriber figures quickly shot up.
Dutch football association KNVB does not have to promote two football clubs out of the Eerste Divisie and into the top level Eredivisie after the football season was cut short, a court in Utrecht ruled on Thursday. The case was brought by the top two teams in the Eerste Divisie, SC Cambuur from Leeuwarden and De Graafschap from Doetinchem, which said they were unfairly penalized and that the KNVB did not stick to its own rules.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte asked consumers to show solidarity with the travel organizations and accept a voucher for a flight canceled due to the coronavirus crisis, instead of demanding a refund. Minister Hugo de Jonge of Public Health warned Dutch against going on "corona-proof" vacations being organized by travel company Corendon. And Minister Martin van Rijn for Medical Care and Sports said it may be possible for professional football to restart before September 1st.
Multiple Eredivisie clubs announced a compensation scheme on Tuesday for disappointed fans who bought tickets for a prematurely ended season. Though almost all clubs asked their fans to forego a refund if they can do without the money, and support the club financially in this way, NU.nl reports.
The industry association for public transit OV-NL is pleased with the step-by-step plan the government announced to ease the Netherlands out of its coronavirus lockdown. Hospitality association KHN is "glad there is perspective", but worried about the survival of many businesses. The fitness branch NL Actief is outraged that gyms and fitness clubs have to stay closed until September, NOS reports.
The Dutch government may soon give the green light for non-contact sports like tennis and golf to restart, to expand sports opportunities for children and teenagers, and for libraries to reopen, the Telegraaf reports based on leaked advice from the government's Outbreak Management Team (OMT).
Former Dutch goalkeeper Eddy Pieters Graafland passed away at age 86 on Tuesday, his former club Feyenoord confirmed.
The Rotterdam club said they received the news of his death with "great sadness", describing him as not only a gifted keeper, but also a great cameraman and a welcome guest in De Kuip.
Eddy Pieters Graafland made his debut in 1951, playing for Ajax at age 17. He won the league once with Ajax and three times with Feyenoord, his club until 1970. He also played 47 matches for the Dutch national team.
Football clubs SC Cambuur and De Graafschap will definitely be challenging the KNVB's decision to freeze clubs where they are in the leagues, resulting in the two clubs missing their chance to move up to the Eredivisie. Both clubs have approached a lawyer to help them in their fight.
The La Vuelta will definitely not start in the Netherlands as planned this year, the organizers of the Spanish cycling race announced on Wednesday.
Three stages of the race were set to happen in the Netherlands in August, but the start of the race had to be moved to the autumn due to the coronavirus. That proved to be unfeasible due to te availability of accommodations along the route at the time, and the uncertainties still surrounding the situation around Covid-19, the organizers said.
Starting today, kids and teenagers in many Dutch municipalities can start playing sports again, under some strict conditions. Individual music lessons can also restart, as long as they stick to social distancing rules, Minister Ingrid van Engelshoven of Education, Culture and Science said in answer to parliamentary questions, NOS reports.
The Grand Prix in the Netherlands and the one in Belgium were both scrapped from the new Formula 1 calendar, German newspaper Bild reports based on anonymous sources. Both the Netherlands and Belgium banned all major events until at least September 1st.
On Monday, the Formula 1 organizers announced that they want to start the new season in Austria in July, go to Asia in September, and then to America. According to the German newspaper, there will be two races in Austria.
With reporting by Jamie de Geir.
Dutch football association KNVB made several controversial decisions to close out the 2019-20 season, prematurely cut short by the global health crisis. The association chose on Friday not to relegate two teams from the Eredivisie, nor to promote two teams from the Eerste Divisie. It also sparked anger from one club at the way in which it was cut out of European football competition for the upcoming season.
Eredivisie club ADO Den Haag are prepared to sue the Dutch football association KNVB if they are relegated to the Eerste Divisie, the second-highest tier of Dutch football, the club's lawyer Frans de Weger told television program Studio Voetbal this week.
With the delay of popular Spanish cycling race La Vuelta, this year's ceremonial starting point of the race, Utrecht, has been kept in a holding pattern. The event has not been rescheduled, though a popular rumor floated by a Basque region newspaper suggests the 23-day race will start in Irun, Spain, and not in the Netherlands.
The rumor was dismissed by Dutch organizers at La Vuelta Holanda, who told NL Times it started as a fairly innocent comment during a radio interview with the director of the Spanish race.
"The weather is fantastic outside", and that may increase the temptation to go for a bike ride or have a picnic in the park, but don't do it, top Dutch cyclist Tom Dumoulin said in a video for the Limburg police. Stay safe and stay inside.
Social distancing measures in place to curb the spread of Covid-19 state that Netherlands residents must stay 1.5 meters apart. So technically, you could still go cycling or have a picnic, Dumoulin said. "The only problem is if everyone does it, 1.5 meters can no longer be guaranteed." So he implores: "Only go outside if absolutely necessary."
The players of the Dutch national football team posted a video on social media expressing support for the people of the Netherlands during the coronavirus crisis. "We're all in this together," is their message.
Captain Virgil van Dijk stressed in the video that we are all on the same team. "We are proud of our country. Proud of the team. And our thoughts are with everyone struggling in these difficult times," Van Dijk said. "Keep your heads up and take care of each other."
The Dutch football federation KNVB is planning to resume its professional football season on June 19. For this to happen, clubs would need to start training by May 15, despite the fact that football has been banned until at least June 1. The mayors of several cities with football teams were not in agreement with the plans.
The KNVB's plans are dependent on updates regarding coronavirus distancing measures in place in The Netherlands. Prime Minister Mark Rutte is expected to update the nation on April 21 over these issues.
The top football players in the Netherlands joined Dutch football association KNVB and ING to create an 11 million euro fund to help rescue the country's professional and amateur football organizations. All football play has been on hold since March 12, as the coronavirus pandemic took hold of the country.