4th October 2017: On 3rd September 2017, the EHF advised that, under advice from the Tournament Medical Doctor, the Spanish teams were not allowed to play either of their final games of the EuroHockey Junior Championships. Subsequent tests confirmed that the players were suffering from the highly infections norovirus.
In the Men’s EuroHockey Junior Championship, the 3rd/4th Bronze medal game was not played and Germany was awarded the Bronze medal.
In the Women’s EuroHockey Junior Championship, Spain will not play their final Pool C v Ireland.
Given these unprecedented circumstances the two TDs and the EHF Representative deferred any further decisions to the EHF Executive Board.
The Executive Board asked the Competitions Committee, Outdoor to review the situation and to offer their recommendations to the Board.
The Executive Board had a lengthy discussion on the recommendations received from the Competitions Committee, Outdoor.
The first issue to decide was whether the matches could not be played due to a force majeure. The Board voted and agreed that a force majeure was present and therefore the regulations do not cover the situation. The Board concurred with the TDS and EHF Representative who referred to EHF Regulations for EuroHockey Championships (Outdoor) Item D6 and agreed that a force majeure had occurred.
EuroHockey Junior Championship, Men:
The Executive Board concurred with the TD’s decision to award Germany the bronze medal as it was under the remit of the TD to make this decision. The Executive Board confirmed that Spain be awarded 4th place.
EuroHockey Junior Championship, Women:
Considering the Board’s decision that failure to properly complete the tournament was due to a force majeure it was agreed that points cannot be fairly or reasonably allocated. Therefore, the Executive Board decided that no team will be relegated from the EuroHockey Junior Championship, Women in 2017.
As such, the next edition of the EuroHockey Junior Championship (Women) will be played as an enlarged team tournament. (The EuroHockey Junior Championship II (Women) will be played as a 6 to 8 team tournament (dependent on the number of entries))
This revised format is due to the extraordinary circumstances at the EuroHockey Junior Championships, Women in Valencia in 2017 and it should be noted that future editions of the Junior Championships will revert to the 8-team per division format.
The Executive Board will communicate the format of the tournaments in due course.