It had been nearly three years since the indoor bandy club Akerselva got the message that it wasn’t wanted in Oslo’s municipal halls.
For a number of years, Akerselva played in the Globe’s Elite Series. In 2020 the club boasted twelve teams with over 200 players from the age of six to old age.
In August, nearly three years ago, the club had to inform all its athletes that they had been banned for three years from all training.
Not only from Kringsjåhallen, but from all municipal sports facilities where the Oslo Sports Circle allots time.
The reason, according to the decision, must have been that they sounded an alarm in the Grefsen multi-purpose hall after a fight. They did not leave the hall after the allotted time.
It is said that they used rooms in the hall for storage and as changing rooms, which Oslo Sports District thought they did not have permission to use. They themselves thought they had an agreement with the caretaker in the hall.
They must have trained on a few occasions in the hall over the summer in agreement with the two clubs, Korsvoll and Koll, without informing Bymiljøetaten.
It is also claimed that the senior players must have taken advantage of the training time they did not have. The club denied this in conversations following the exclusion.
He wanted to transfer the kids to another club
The Swedish Sports Federation wrote in the decision, among others:
“It is important for the Oslo Sports Department that the activities of children and youth are not affected by the decision. We therefore want to engage in dialogue with the team coaches and team managers of the Norwegian Bandy League, Oslo, Akershus Bandy and neighboring clubs in order to ensure that these teams can continue their activities under the auspices of another club.”
Some athletes quit after the decision.
There was strong reaction at the club to the fact that players were being encouraged to find new clubs to play for.
The hockey club was banned for three years
TV Two on Friday talked about the Oslo Ice Hockey Club, which has been struggling for two years to win back ice time for its youth hockey.
The ice time controversy resulted in the club being banned from all activities at the Sonja Henie ice rink for three years. This led to many of the club’s twelve- to thirteen-year-old youth choosing to stop playing ice hockey.
The Oslo Department of Sports, the city’s Environment Agency and the Oslo Ice Hockey Club have different versions of what happened before the ban.
Here are words against words and struggles that obviously have steep fronts. But no matter what led to the ban in these two cases, the upshot is that it affects children and young adults. The guidelines cannot be intended to operate this way.
This is what Mina Finstad-Berg, commentator for TV 2, said.
According to the Sports Circle’s guidelines, they have the option of depriving hall users of their rights for up to three years in the event of repeated or particularly serious violations of the facility’s rules of order.
TV 2 asked the Secretary General of the Oslo Sports Department, Magne Brekke, if this was not an overreaction when it affected the children, who had lost their rally point.
– No it is not. This is the responsibility of the club. Moreover, they were only forbidden to enter this hall. Bricky replied that they could practice in other halls.
The decision initially applied to all municipal training facilities where the Oslo Sports Circuit allotted time, but was later changed to apply only to the Sonja Henie ice rink.
A comprehensive crisis
Finstad Berg reacts strongly to guidelines that it believes affect children and young people in a very unfortunate way.
– You must be able to find solutions that do not affect children. The fact that the struggles of adults should cause children to lose the opportunity to play sports is a complete crisis. She says it is a form of collective punishment that is quickly becoming very problematic.
Acrsilva’s inner gang, like the Oslo ice hockey club, had no right to appeal the decision, but in talks with the Swedish Sports Confederation it was hoped it would not affect the children.
It was then decided that anyone under the age of 19 could train in the halls, while six major teams were banned throughout the period from all training.
Magne Brekke of Oslo’s Idrettskrets confirms that he also co-adopted a ban on Akerselva’s internal bandy.
It has been nearly three years since the indoor bandy club received a three-year ban and they will soon have the opportunity to apply for hall use hours again for their teams.
They do not wish to comment on this matter for fear of what this may do to the allocation of hours in the hall in the future.
The Sports Chair will not comment
Rolf Kirkvag Jr. Who is the Oslo chairman Ishockeyklubb allegedly contacted by other Oslo clubs who claim they also have problematic dialogue with the Oslo Sports Circle.
A culture of fear was created among the Oslo clubs by the Sports Department. We have been approached by many clubs asking us to side with them, but they themselves do not dare to take the fight, says Kirkvaag Jr.
TV 2 has been in contact with the Swedish Sports Confederation for comment from the president, Perit Keul, but NIF does not wish to comment on this matter.
– It is not normal for the Norwegian Sports Federation to comment on this matter, which is being dealt with by the Oslo Sports District. NIF does not have the authority to instruct organizational units how to assess cases. So inquiries about this should be directed to the Oslo Sports District, says the Swedish Sports Confederation’s Director of Communications, Finn Agard.
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