The Madness of Two Calculation Methods in Pigeon Racing

The Madness of Two Calculation Methods in Pigeon Racing

Jan de Wijs2 comments

Pigeon racing is a beautiful tradition that has brought people together for generations, full of passion and dedication. However, sometimes something so incredible happens that you wonder how it's even possible.

A recent example of this is the absurd situation where both the international and national winners are from the Netherlands, yet they are different enthusiasts: Sil van Vliet as the national winner and T. Koele and son as the international winner. How is this possible?

An Inexplicable Difference
It is simply inexplicable. How is it possible that in the same race, where pigeons cover incredible distances under the same conditions, two different winners are designated based on different calculation methods? It's a disgrace to what international competitions once stood for: a sense of fair competition and consistency.

The National Winner: Sil van Vliet
Sil van Vliet, a dedicated enthusiast, wins the national title. His pigeons performed exceptionally well, and he has every reason to be proud. National victories have long been a benchmark for success in Dutch pigeon racing, and Van Vliet's win is certainly deserved. But how can he not simultaneously be the international winner?

The International Winner: T. Koele and Son
On the other hand, we have T. Koele and son, who take the international title. The same country, the same race, but a different winner. This is not only confusing, it undermines the credibility of the sport. How can it be that international calculation methods differ so much from national ones that they lead to completely different outcomes?

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The Core of the Problem
The issue lies in the different calculation methods used to designate winners. While one method rewards the highest average speed, others take into account factors such as neutralization times and pigeons flying through the night. This leads to situations where two different winners are crowned, making the sport unnecessarily complicated and unfair.

Simplicity and Fairness as Key
Many enthusiasts have been talking for years about how pigeon racing can be more enjoyable, better, and fairer. One of the first steps would be to simplify the competition. This is hardly understandable for experienced pigeon enthusiasts, let alone newcomers to the sport. How can we expect new generations to become interested in a sport that makes itself so complex and contradictory?

The Moral and Technical Winner
Let one thing be clear: it's not about who the moral winner is and who the technical winner is. Both enthusiasts have performed incredibly and deserve respect. But the fact that there are two different winners in the same race, simply due to the use of different calculation methods, is absurd and harmful to the sport.

As Pigeon Boss, I find it unbelievable and terrible for the sport. It's time to return to simplicity and fairness. A unified calculation method that is the same for everyone would be a good first step. Let's make the sport more accessible and understandable, so both old and new enthusiasts can participate with pleasure and enjoy fair competition.

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Pigeon racing deserves better than this. Let's work together towards a more transparent and fair future for this wonderful sport.

Madness? Leave your comments below this post…

Until the next blog,

Jan de Wijs
Blogger & Racing Pigeon Expert

Comments (2)

John Sebesta

What is the process to have 5he international winner also be the Nationsl winner in the Netherlands?

We’re there efforts to make that change in the past. If so why has it failed?

Charlie Wheeler

Absolutely ridiculous surely the overall winner should be the bird with the fastest overall average speed end of

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