Marian did a serious international tournament under extreme conditions. He made decisions and put his own way. Managed to. And for, as in the famous quote from the Polish film: "For this, Marian, I respect you!" ()
PeSzy: Ania Mazurenko said that some teams and athlets had some adventures in traveling to Senec? Apparently they avoided the borders? Can you tell about it?
Marian Čapla: Situation was not easy. Slovakia was opening slowly to other countries and I did not know to last days who can come and who not. Well, there were some interesting stories. For example Ukrainians were travelling with all supported documents to borders where the were refused to entry Slovakia. I called with the customs and they strictly refused to allow them to come. But later they advised, that Hungarian borders are open and maybe it is the way. So maybe trevelling was a bit longer for Ukrainians, but succesfull at last.
PeSzy: As an experienced athlete - how would you rate the athletes' preparation for this tournament? Everyone had a forced break in training - virus - Did it show at the table?
Marian Čapla: Not at all. Everybody was hungry to compete. If there were some lack in strenght or technique, it was substituted by extreme will and desire to win. I was amazed by level of tournament. No win was easy.
PeSzy: Who should be thanked for their help during the preparation of the Tournament and during the competition itself.
Marian Čapla: I am really happy that city of Senec helped us as always. They gave us grant and provided the hall. I have to thank to our organizing committee (namely Maria Janušicová and Miroslav Koczka) who worked hard to make the event happen. The special thanks is to my friend Marcin Mielniczuk, who did perfect job and although he was not able to be present in Senec this year, he helped us really much. At the place he was substituted by Marius Zbylut and he did perfect job too (and it will be very hard to choose one of them for next year). I don’t want to forgett about our graphic designer. She did and amazing job and it was visible everywhere – ID cards, straps, t-shirts, podium...it was just perfect and her visuals made this event unforgettable. And last but not least twoo brave Polish referees. Girls were unstopable and deserves thanks from all of us.