The teams of Portugal and Spain must play the minute and 45 seconds remaining of the women's European final. hockey skates suspended on Saturday by Hurricane Leslie. This has been agreed by the World Skate Europe Rink Hockey. The international body also stipulated that if the two teams do not agree, the title will be vacant despite the fact that the score is favorable to the Spanish team by 3-2 and it reached the tie to be proclaimed champion for the fifth time in a row, sixth in your history.
The Spanish federation, which was favorable to not contest the pending time, issued a statement explaining that, according to international regulations, 1: 45m should have been played on Sunday, 24 hours later at the start time of the game , because it is a "situation of force majeure", a circumstance that in any case was unfeasible due to the damage that occurred in the Mealhada Pavilion in Portugal. The Spanish expedition also planned to return, as it was, the same Sunday at 9.00.
Both federations must negotiate as soon as possible the date to celebrate the pending time in the same track of Mealhada or, otherwise, the title of champion "will not be assigned", according to the statement of the international federation. The final was suspended in the absence of 2.42 minutes, already 3-2 on the scoreboard, because of a blackout caused by the effects of the storm in the Mealhada pavilion. Although the game resumed after half an hour, it had to be stopped for security reasons.
The rain and the hurricane wind caused serious damage to the sports complex to the point that a part of the roof and several crystals fell on the track. The players and the public, some 1,500 people, had to take shelter for more than an hour before they could leave the Portuguese pavilion in a situation that at times was dramatic. "We had a bad time, especially when part of the roof fell off," agreed the players of the Ricardo Ares team. "For sporting purposes it has been frustrating, because we feel we are champions," they insisted. The Spanish team played an excellent championship, winner of all its games, and in the judgment of the critics it deserved without discussion the title.