Polish Champions for the seventeenth time!
- Magda Pluszewska
- Anna Benicewicz-Miazga
Due to the current situation with the outbreak of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus and the state of the epidemic in Poland, the League Commissioner, along with the board of Superliga Sp. z o.o., in charge of the PGNiG Superliga and the PGNiG Women Superliga, decided to end the competition of the season 2019/2020. This means that the Polish Champion title goes to the PGE VIVE Kielce team.
We would like to enjoy the 17th Polish Champion title in different circumstances. Unfortunately, the current situation with the coronavirus pandemic has forced the league's management to terminate the 2019/20 season. Piotr Łebek, the League Commissioner, has decided to terminate the PGNiG Superliga season and to keep the classification in accordance with the score obtained in the matches played until 12 March 2020. This means that the seventeenth Polish Champion title goes to PGE VIVE Kielce!
This title doesn't taste the same as last year. But, well, that's the situation, we can’t do anything and we have to enjoy what we have. During the season, in Płock, we lost the game by one goal, but at home we won by nine, so I guess we deserved to be first – comments the pivot of PGE VIVE Kielce, Artsem Karalek.
I am very happy that we have shown again that we are the best handball team in Poland – adds Blaž Janc, the winger – It is a pity that it has ended this way, but at this point our health is most important. I wish everyone all the best, lots of health, and I hope it all ends well soon.
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In the official announcement on the website of Superliga, the president of Superliga Sp. z o.o., Marek Janicki explains the decision made:
Health is the priority, thus in the interest of players, supporters, media representatives and all those who work at the organization of the matches, we have discontinued the competitions. We realize that completing them would be extremely difficult, if not impossible. Currently the teams cannot train and it is not known when they could return to training. And they must have enough time to prepare for the finals and relegation round matches. It's a difficult decision for us, but we think it's the best solution. We believe that next season we will all return stronger. – says Marek Janicki, president of Superliga Sp. z o.o.
On the basis of the matches played so far, the PGNiG Superliga Commissioner has determined the final classification of the 2019/2020 season according to the points obtained by the clubs, and in the case of an equal number of points between two teams, based on the overall number of points in all matches. The title of the Polish Champion, for the 17th time in history, went to the players of PGE VIVE Kielce, who scored 72 points. The silver medal was awarded to Orlen Wisła Płock (69 points) and the bronze went to NMC Górnik Zabrze team (57 points).
A decision was also made that there will be no relegations. Thus, all 14 teams met the sports criteria required to receive the right to participate in the 2020/2021 season.
Final classification of PGNiG Superliga in season 2019/2020:
- PGE VIVE Kielce
- Orlen Wisła Płock
- NMC Górnik Zabrze
- Gwardia Opole
- Energa MKS Kalisz
- Zagłębie Lubin
- Sandra SPA Pogoń Szczecin
- Chrobry Głogów
- Piotrkowianin Piotrków Trybunalski
- MMTS Kwidzyn
- Torus Wybrzeże Gdańsk
- SPR Stal Mielec
- Grupa Azoty Tarnów
For the time being there is no information about the decisions concerning the Polish Cup and Champions League. The players of PGE VIVE Kielce stay at their homes, in Kielce, training individually according to the guidelines of the training staff.
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