The Eurovision Song Contest, scheduled to happen in Rotterdam in May, will not be canceled as yet, according to Rotterdam tourism alderman Said Kasmi (D66). "I think there should be an examination in mid-April about how things stand then. So we still have plenty of time," Kasmi said to newspaper AD. The Rotterdam Marathon will also happen as planned.
One participant of the Rotterdam marathon died in hospital, the organizers behind the marathon said on Sunday. At the request of the runner's family, no further details will be given. The organization expressed its deepest sympathies to the runner's family and loved ones, RTV Rijnmond reports.
The first aid and emergency posts were extremely busy during the marathon, according to Arjen Littooij, director of safety office Veligheidsregio Rotterdam-Rijnmond. He believes this had to do with the relatively high temperatures this year.
Mounir E. from Spijkensse can not be prosecuted for breaking an area ban imposed on him during the Rotterdam Marathon earlier this year, because of "carelessness" by the Ministry of Security and Justice when imposing the ban, the court in Rotterdam ruled, AD reports.
The Rotterdam police arrested suspected jihadist Mounir E. before the Rotterdam marathon in April and kept him in custody until the marathon weekend was over, a spokesperson for the Rotterdam police confirmed to NU.nl.
According to the spokesperson, there were suspicions that the 34-year-old man from Spijkenisse was planning an attack. This was partly based on statements from employees of the municipal transport company RET, who overheard him saying that "something beautiful will happen at the marathon: boom!", according to the newspaper.
Protesting police officers did not do any damage by painting a protest text on the trail of the Rotterdam Marathon. The municipality will therefore not be pressing charges, De Telegraaf reports.
Insurer NN Group (Nationale-Nederlanden) is the new sponsor of the Rotterdam Marathon. The organisation of the marathon has singed a three year sponsorship agreement with the company. The 35th Rotterdam Marathon will be held on April 12th, 2015.