Uncertainty pushes Danish delegation by 100 days to the Olympics


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Copenhagen. In mid-November, the first packages of Danish equipment will be sent to Beijing, which will host the Winter Olympics in February.

But even though there are only 100 days to the Olympics on Wednesday, there is still great uncertainty about the final number of Danish athletes – and thus how much equipment is needed.

Postponed competitions and competitions have delayed several of the qualifications, and this puts the Danish Olympic delegation under pressure, says Denmark’s head of mission, Mikkel Sansone Øhrgaard.

– The qualification of the ice hockey women should have been in February this year. Now it is in November. We are mega pressured, because you have to bring more things with you if all of a sudden 40 extra men come along.

– That is why we have focused on everything around the sport so far, so it will be great soon to be able to focus on giving athletes and coaches the best conditions to perform. We have not had that yet, he says.

After the ice hockey masters have qualified for the Olympics for the first time, it is clear that Denmark will send its largest team ever to the Winter Games.

But in addition to the women’s national ice hockey team, there are still doubts about curlers, speed skaters, skiers and a bobsled team.

– We want as many athletes as possible who have a sporting right at the Olympics. These are the prerequisites we have set up, he says.

Mikkel Sansone Øhrgaard explains that you plan according to the best possible scenario.

– We have actually taken the precautions, and then we just roll backwards, if it is. We are also in good contact with the organizing committee that apartments and such are provided.

– Something is being delivered back again and there is some wasted work. But as long as you constantly think about what the largest delegation can look like for Denmark, we will probably have to create the best conditions for our athletes. I have no doubt about that, it sounds from Denmark’s chief of mission.

The Beijing Olympics will be held from 4 to 20 February.

/ ritzau /


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