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22

Oct

2017

The Swiss Indoors – a Monument in Swiss Sport

The drawing of the blue balls (picture) brings fortune or misfortune at the drawing ceremony, depending on who fishes which ball with which name on it out of the bowl. Regarding the future, the Swiss Indoors will not have to rely on blue wonders. President Roger Brennwald (71) sketched out some important dates in an interview with the Swiss «Sonntagszeitung» newspaper. This includes the renovated, modernised St. Jakobshalle, to be inaugurated with tennis on 22 October 2018. And in 2020, the Indoors will be celebrating its 50-year jubilee. No sweet without sweat: promoter Brennwald appeared impressed by the new arena, saying «it will be a jewel». The rights owner offered praise to his logistics team around Christian Kern, who had to provide a lot of flexibility. By the way, the largest Swiss sports event has a budget of 18.5 to 19 million Swiss francs. The Indoors stands for solidity, when one bears in mind that the Greater Zurich region has lost its world cup cycling event, and in 2018 the Zurich CSI show jumping event will be staged for the last time. Brennwald’s team relies on its own initiative, and correspondingly enjoys a lot of goodwill in wide business circles. More in any case than for the new Olympic project Sion 2026: it is common knowledge that the figures as presented (requirements: one billion Swiss francs in taxation) have been estimated far too modestly.

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