While the world is in lock-down and the hotel industry is economically very much affected, the Local Organizing Committee of the European Artistic Gymnastics Championships Basel 2021 is in the middle of the preparations for this big sporting event. 11 articulated lorries will come from Germany and transport the sports equipment to Basel. The setup takes 14 days. The Radisson Blu is Official Hotel Partner of the European Artistic Gymnastics Championships.
Mister Grupp, how are you and your team preparing for this event?
After a year of renunciation, we are looking forward to the European Artistic Gymnastics Championships – our first major event after such a long time and, moreover, in our function as Official Hotel Partner. It’s not only us, also the professional sport was very limited in 2020. It is always important to fully identify with such an event and to think from the perspective of the organizers and athletes and to respond to their needs. In 2021, the needs are not only for a good security concept, but certainly also for a return to normality and the organization of exciting and beautiful European Championships. This is what we focus on in our preparation and we want to be remembered as good, professional hosts.
What challenges do you expect?
We are basically professionals in the execution of events and catering and after such a long break we are happy to prove our skills again. Of course, it’s hard to say today with any certainty what challenges we will face in April 2021, but we have always been flexible and can adapt quickly to all requirements. Due to our cooperation with the company SGS, which conducts certified hygiene audits during the pandemic, and our experience with the implementation of demanding protection concepts, I don’t see any challenges in being a reliable partner and to contribute our part to make this event a great success.
Pommel horse, balance beam, “Thomas scissors”… Do you already know the art gymnastics alphabet? Do you have a favorite apparatus or exercise?
I am a big sports fan and I follow almost all sports passionately live or on TV. To be honest, the world of gymnastics is something that I only follow intensively every four years at the Olympic Games. Fortunately, however, due to the large number of disciplines it has a high presence there, so I know a little bit about it and the terms are not foreign to me. I like to watch all the disciplines, but the most enthusiastic one is the floor.
What are you especially looking forward to?
On the one hand I’m looking forward to a great and exciting tournament, on the other hand I’m very happy that our beautiful city can be the host of this event and will present itself as a suitable location and partner for such occasions. Basel always manages to create “WOW” moments for visitors who are here for the first time.