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Belgian champion decides to boycott three cushion league

Posted by on October 11, 2020

Belgian champion decides to boycott three cushion league

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The Belgian champion team with its teamboss Guy van Litsenborg (middle)

TURNHOUT - The Belgian team champion Biljart Expres with its players Eddy Merckx, Frans van Kuyk, Gerwin Valentijn and Martin Spoormans will boycott the team competition in Belgium immediately. The team leader Guy van Litsenborg has just announced this news officially. Biljart Expres will not perform for the next away match against Zanzibar in Leuven this Monday evening (October 12), as a protest against the continuation of the league in these days of deterioration in the number of Corona infections in Belgium. The top team is not waiting for new measures from the government. Guy van Litsenborg: ''I cannot guarantee the safety of my people and forbid my players to play.''

The Belgian federation has not yet communicated with clubs and teams about the continuation of the competition. That gives other teams in the premier division the free choice to decide for themselves. The competition was launched three weeks ago will continue this Monday and Tuesday. The ranking with 12 teams gives a distorted picture, because the teams at the top already played three matches and Biljart Expres has not yet played and has postponed its matches.

The boycott that Guy van Litsenborg has announced now may have other consequences. The Turnhout café owner is not afraid for sanctions. ''Safety comes first, not only for my players, also for the fans and the customers in my billiard café. It is very bad that the federation (KBBB) does not take a position itself and leaves it all to the clubs and players. These last days, we are with Holland among the countries that are on top with the rise of infections. We feel the need to come into action. I made my conclusions and want to set an example for others.''

The players Merckx, Van Kuyk, Valentijn and Spoormans have been informed and have to follow what the team boss has decided. Eddy Merckx: ''I play in other countries as well and I follow the rules: as long as I can play, I want to play." The two Dutchmen in the team have been afraid of playing in Belgium for some time. ''It's just a game of billiards,'', Van Litsenborg says furiously. ''I'm not a virologist, I'm a café owner. But I don't have to tell anyone that we'll be locked soon. What a difference does it make to cancel this competition in the coming weeks. But anyway, we will not show up until we can play billiards healthy again and the world looks better again.''

Andy de Bondt, player in the Zanzibar team, the opponent of Biljart Expres in this round: ''I agree with the opinion that the sports committee should be more transparent in its communication and should not put the responsibility in the hands of players or clubs. And that there must be one decision for everyone.''

The fourth round scheduled for this week is:
Monday: Mister 100 Lier-KBC Kortrijk
De Leug-BC Den Eik
KBC Bruges-BC De Ploeg
KBC Zanzibar Biljart Expres
Tuesday: BC On the Meir-De Witte Molen
Thursday: Biljartpalace-BC Herentals.

The Belgian sports leader was not available for comment tonight.

Guy van Litsenborg: ''I won't allow my players to continue in the league.''

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