The international ski Federation (FIS) has published official recommendations for competitions in the 2020/2021 season. Due to the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), world Cup organizers must take into account a number of restrictions. All of them are designed to ensure the safety and health of athletes, team members, race organizers, and media representatives.
The document “FIS CAVID-19 Prevention Guidelines for Event Organizers” is published on the Federation’s website. It provides advice and standards for events based on recommendations from who and the Medical Department of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
In General, the new Protocol and operating principles mean that the interaction between athletes, teams, coaches, competition organizers and the media will look completely different in the 2020/2021 season.
When preparing races, local organizing committees should assess the overall risk of spreading the disease, since the who defines the world Cup and world Cup as mass events. After the test is completed and the risk score is set, the organizing committees must take certain actions to reduce the potential spread of the disease. Regulations must take into account the “key components” of safety, which include hand washing, following hygiene recommendations, responsibility for distancing, daily self-assessment of health status, availability of contact information for fast tracking of contact, and compliance with reporting rules in case of illness.
For example, athletes, organizing committees, FIS and team officials will have separate access to the competition venue. In mixed zone, interaction with the media will be restricted and distancing measures will be required (for example, microphone usage will be restricted). Athletes will be asked to leave the common finish area as soon as possible. If spectators are allowed, bleachers must be provided with sufficient distance between seats, which means that ticket sales for the competition will be limited.
New directives can also be changed. As winter approaches and the global situation with coronavirus changes, the FIS believes that global health organizations and local authorities will have more reliable and detailed information about coronavirus and how to mitigate its spread.
“It is likely that some of the restrictions may be eased as we approach the winter competition season as a result of positive steps in managing the epidemic and the experience of other sporting events in the summer and autumn,” the FIS reports.
In order to adapt to the changes, organizing committees must closely interact with local health authorities. FIS plans to report updates and changes to the newly created FIS information center for COVID-19.
As of June, there are still no confirmed changes to the world Cup calendar. The FIS is considering several contingency plans, including a plan for the Alpine skiing world Cup to be held only in Europe for the entire 2020/2021 season. It is unclear whether North America will be able to host the planned world Cup events in Killington, beaver Creek and lake Louis. A decision on the possible postponement of the world Cup in Cortina will be made before July 1, 2020.