Hanover (dpa / lni) - The shooting clubs in Lower Saxony go into the new shooting festival season with great uncertainty.

"Of course we only get sporadic feedback from the clubs, but so far we have noticed that there will probably not be very much this year," said a spokeswoman for the Lower Saxony sports shooting association.

At the moment, however, it is difficult to see several months into the future.

The German Schützenbund is also more pessimistic about the year 2021. A failure of the festivals would be bad for the clubs in two ways.

"On the one hand, it lacks the sociable, on the other hand there is no source of income for the shooting festivals," said Robert Garmeister, head of the legal department and association development.

In contrast to other sports clubs, the shooting ranges usually belong to the clubs themselves. "And of course the buildings have to be maintained even if no sports or events can take place there due to corona," says Garmeister.

Nationwide, this is a difficult situation for all clubs.

The organizers of the shooting festival in Hanover are still playing through various scenarios as to how the event can perhaps still take place.

"Whether and in what form it will actually take place, we will decide at a later date, when we can better assess the situation of the pandemic," said a spokeswoman for the city.

In any case, on the website of the Schützenfest a countdown counts down the days until the planned beginning of July.

Contracts with the showmen have not yet been signed, but they are in contact.

According to the company, the largest shooting festival in the world was canceled last year.

The city of Hanover made 60,000 euros available to cover the running costs.


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