INTERNATIONAL match fishing’s second most important match - the European angling championships - will NOT be fished by most of the top nations.
Drennan England team = pictured above when they won in 2014 – are 99 per cent unlikely to enter the European angling championships in Belarus for fears over the spiralling costs and uncertain times in the former Soviet Union puppet state.
Angling Trust international events manager Dick Clegg OBE is gutted England won’t be going but says the spiralling issues combined means it just isn’t feasible to go for the June 27-28 event.
Barnsley, South Yorkshire legend Dick told Angler’s Mail: “The situation is we’re more and more unlikely to be going due to a multitude of problems and we’ve informed Peter Drennan and he’s OK with it.
“There so many problems from insurance issues for persons, vehicle and equipment.
“You have to get extra insurance or passes for everything on the border including travel and entry and I don’t think a lot of English will be spoken by the border guards.
“There’s also issues about actual entry into the country and even out of it so we can’t risk that.
Other top angling nations won’t compete
“I firmly believe every country has a right to host these events, and they come across to all the other nations so it has to be fair.
“From what I’ve heard only a dozen teams will be going and other sides like Belgium and France aren’t going but I believe Holland and Italy are.
“I’m sure Poland will be going as they are not that far away and they are ranked No.1 in the World with us being No.2.”
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