Rain gear was the order of the day for the first group of hikers kicking off the third day of the Nijmegen Vierdaagse. On Thursday the hikers were greeted by heavy rainfall and thunder when they started their hike on the Wedren in Nijmegen at 4:00 a.m., according to the Gelderlander.
Nijmegen's annual four day hiking event, the Vierdaagse, kicked off on Tuesday morning. The first hikers started their journey at 4:00 a.m. and by 6:30 a.m. over half of the 42,036 participants were on the way, the Volkskrant reports.
This is the 101st edition of the Nijmegen Vierdaagse, which ends in the Nijmegen city center on Friday. Hikers from no less than 67 countries are participating this year. The youngest participant is 11-year-old Maud Molemans from Nijmegen, the oldest is 94-year-old Herman Dubie from Amsterdam. This is the Amsterdam man's 20th Vierdaagse.
A 27-year-old volleyball coach from Berlicum was taken back into custody on he suspicion that he secretly filmed young players while they were nude, AD reports.
The coach was arrested late in May, and released from custody two weeks later. The Public Prosecutor filed an appeal against the release, and the court in Den Bosch ruled on Friday that the man must be taken back into custody.
People participating in the Nijmegen Vierdaagse hike next week, will have to take high temperatures into account, according to Weeronline. From Sunday, temperatures will rise to tropical highs of above 30 degrees on Wednesday, according to the weather service.
The Nijmegen Vierdaagse is happening between Tuesday and Friday next week. Some of the accompanying parties already start on Saturday.
Dutch football union KNVB acknowledges that mistakes were made in the selection procedure for the national team's new coach. "In business, it is good to have three candidates follow a trajectory next to each other. In football that can't work, that is really a mistake I learned from", interim-director Jean Paul Decossaux said to the Volkskrant.
All football matches must have a mandatory defibrillator available in future, according Michel D'Hooghe, physician and chairman of world football union FIFA's medical committee. If a defibrillator is handy, situations like Ajax player Abdelhak Nouri sustaining brain damage may be prevented, he believes, according to NOS.
Abdelhak Nouri sustained severe and lasting brain damage when he suffered from heart arrhythmias during an Ajax practice match against Werder Bremem on Saturday, the Amsterdam team revealed in a statement on Thursday.
"In the intensive care unit of the hospital in Innsbruck, Nouri's brain functions were further tested over the past few days", Ajax reports. "The diagnosis that was made is that a large part of his brain no longer functions and that the chance of recovery of these crucial brain functions is nil."
Terrorist group ISIS called for a terrorist attack during the European Women's Championship football match in Galgenwaard Stadium in Utrecht on July 19th. The call was placed on a pro-ISIS telegram channel according to RTL Nieuws.
England and Scotland will be playing in the affected match.
Reports of sexual abuse in the Dutch sports world are often not adequately handled, concludes a research report by Bureau Beke and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Information about sexual abuse is often left untouched at clubs, federations and the person of trust point of the NOC*NSF, which means that perpetrators walk free for longer than necessary. The sports world also rarely call in the police, according to the report, the Volkskrant reports.
A woman was severely injured while taking part in the VenloStormt obstacle course on Saturday. She was rushed to the hospital in critical condition, where she died of her injuries a short time later, a spokesperson for the event organizers said to NU.nl.
The woman got hurt after sliding from a meters-high slide into the water of the harbor. Once in the water, she collided with another participant and disappeared under water, according to the newspaper. It took several minutes for divers to pull her out and start resuscitation, 1Limburg reports.
Dutch racer Jochem van den Hoek was killed in a crash during the Isle of Man TT motorcycle street circuit on Wednesday. Van den Hoek is the second person to die in this year's race. British racer Davey Lambert was killed in a crash on Tuesday. And hours after the Dutch racer's fatal accident, Irishman Alan Bonner was killed in a crash, BBC reports.
Football club PSV in Eindhoven is calling on all professional clubs in the Netherlands to open their own helpline where players and former players can report sexual abuse. Clubs need to do more to help the victims, PSV director Toon Gerbrands said to the Volkskrant.
On Monday the Netherlands royal hiking federation KWBN advised schools and other organizations to cancel the first night of the annual four evening marches should the weather make it necessary. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow storm warning for the entire country for Monday and the KWBN calls on participants not to take any risks, NU.nl reports.
Tom Dumoulin's historic victory in the Giro race in Italy is on the front page of all major Dutch newspapers on Monday. Big things are expected for te 26-year-old cyclist. Dumoulin is the first Dutch ever to win the Giro d'Italia and only the third Dutch to win a major cycling race. This is the first major cycling victory for the Netherlands in 37 years, according to AD.
The Amsterdam police arrested a total of 30 people during and after the public viewing of the Europa League finals on the Museuplein on Wednesday night. After Ajax lost the title to Manchester United (2-0), the Dutch capital quickly and calmly ran empty, ANP reports.
Arrests were made for public intoxication, insults and setting a parasol on fire, among other things. One police officer was assaulted. "For us this is really an ordinary very busy Saturday night", the police said around midnight. By 1:00 a.m. Amsterdam was mostly empty and quiet, according to the news wire.
Train passengers trying to leave Amsterdam after the public viewing of the Europa League finals on Wednesday night are furious at NS over poor service. Social media flooded with complaints about overcrowded trains, lack of communication and general chaos, ANP reports. Ajax lost the match against Manchester United 2-0.
Police in Amsterdam are asking people to avoid coming to Amsterdam on Wednesday night to watch the Europa League final match between Ajax and Manchester United. Authorities were expecting 100,000 people to show up, trying to watch the match on a giant screen at Museumplein, but police said an hour before the match that at least 120,000 were already in the city center.
Amsterdam is preparing the Museumplein for a live screening of the Ajax vs Manchester United match in the Europa League finals tonight. Some 100 thousand supporters are expected to watch the match in the square, Het Parool reports.
Ajax is facing Manchester United in the Friends Arena in Stockholm, Sweden tonight. Should the Amsterdam team win, the team will be honored in a ceremony also on the Museumpleini on Thursday. Some 150 thousand people are expected to attend the ceremony.
The Ajax team departed from Schiphol airport on Tuesday morning and is on their way to Stockholm, where the Amsterdam team is playing against Manchester United in the Europa League finals on Wednesday. Manchester United is also scheduled to travel to Stockholm today.
Tonight both teams will train in the Friends Arena, where the match will be played on Wednesday, NU.nl reports. After training coaches Peter Bosz and Jose Mourinho and a player for each team will give a press conference.
A referee was attacked by football players of club RKJVV from Den Bosch on Saturday afternoon during a championship match between RKJVV 5 and Oirschot Vooruit 6, Omroep Brabant reports. Dutch football association KNVB is investigating the assault.
The Stockholm police expect massive crowds in and around the stadium where the Europa League final between Ajax and Mancester United will be played, the police warn in a press release. They've implemented a number of measures to ensure that the crowds of football fans are kept under control as much as possible.
The captain of 12 Dutch football teams in the Eredivisie want artificial turf to be banned for matches in the highest football league in the country. Davy Klaasen of Ajax, Luuk de Jong of PSV and Dirk Kuyt until recently of Feyenoord, among others, signed a manifesto drawn up by players union VVCS.
Feyenoord captain Dirk Kuyt is retiring his football career, the Rotterdam team announced on its website on Wednesday. Following a career high point of scoring a hat trick and winning the national title for Feyenoord on Sunday, the 36-year-old footballer feels that this is the right time to step down.