In light of the precarious COVID-19 situation in Europe and around the world, the Cyprus Sommelier Association and the Organizing Committee of BSEA, Cyprus 2020 have made the difficult decision to officially postpone the Best Sommelier of Europe & Africa competition, originally scheduled for November 2020 in Limassol, Cyprus, to March 2021.
In the words of Cyprus President Georgios Kassianos, the decision shows where the priorities of ASI lie: the health and safety of the candidates, presidents, journalists and guests. “We certainly hope that by that time there will be minimum restrictions, as we aim for all 41 countries to be present, as well as many of our Americas, Asia, Oceania Presidents.”
ASI President Andrés Rosberg emphasized strongly that this is a dream delayed, not defeated. “Our sympathy and support go out first and foremost to the candidates who have already put so much hard work into this contest,” he says. “We hope and trust that the extra time will be used to hone their skills even further, making the rescheduled contest in March the finest ever seen at this level.”
The new event has been scheduled for 14 – 18 March in Cyprus. Details of the re-scheduling and of the competition will be sent to ASI member presidents in September.
Please note that the General Assembly and ASI elections are still scheduled for 16 November in Limassol. At present the goal is to comply with the by-laws and organize a GA before the end of this year.