Most people like this competition system. The new promoter – Discovery Sports Events, after many hours of studying the regulations, has agreed with us and next year the format for the SoN will not change – says Armando Castagna in an interview with WP SportoweFakty.

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WP SportoweFakty / Romulad Rubenis / Pictured: The competition during the 2021 Speedway of Nations

In Poland, the debate over the Speedway of Nations regulations erupted once again. Perhaps this is due to the fact that it is not the first time that our compatriots win two days of struggle in the main series, and do not win the title, because everything is decided by the finalist. The rules are equal for everyone, whether you like it or not.

– In fact, the system is the same for everyone and is used in many other sports, even athletics. You win each knockout round and then stumble in the final. Just as it happened with Poland in this year’s MotoGP Final – says Armando Castagna, Head of World Sprinting.

There is no point in arguing whether athletics is a good example that the final decides everything. It almost makes sense to have eliminations, quarter-finals, semi-finals and grand finals where medals are awarded. However, it is difficult to find a second sports system in which – in this case, two days of struggle and 42 races are removed – in favor of one final, which decides everything, plus the scoring is difficult to understand. Whoever comes first and last does not win, but whoever comes second and third are happy.

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I respect the opinion of those who don’t like this system, but I can assure you that most of them love the Nations Speedway. Even the new promoter – Discovery Sports Events, after many hours of studying the regulations, agreed with us that the competition would not change in terms of racing next year. In short, the SoN regulations will be the same as before – adds the Italian activist.

We asked Armando Castagna what he thought of the comments of Krzysztof Cegielski, who not only left a dry thread in the Speedway of Nations regulations, but used strong words, saying the Poles are allowing themselves to be humiliated. More on this topic here.

– I respect Krzysztof as a person and as a former player, but I do not respect the opinion of people who always try to find negative intentions and seek sensation. I get the impression that you are trying to provoke a negative discussion, which in many cases has absolutely no basis. In Italy, these people are called “photographers.” Of course, I still think Krzysztof Cegielski is a good commentator, although I don’t understand what he’s saying because he comments in Polish, the Italian replies.

Krzysztof Siegelski even said in an interview that the Poles should rebel. What does FIM say? Isn’t Armando Castagna afraid that the Poles – like the Russians – will interrupt the movement of the sun? – MFR has not withdrawn from the competition. They didn’t qualify for the SoN finals, so the Russians were at this year’s Speedway of Nations – the Italian activist wouldn’t miss a mention. The only question is whether the FIM will come in handy if the Poles – like the Russians – are not the first team, but the third or fourth team for this competition?

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We already have inquiries and requests to start the Speedway Federation of Nations next year. We already have more countries ready to participate in the competition. Perhaps this is a sign that most SoNs like it? Armando Castagna ends.

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