As the long transition back to international racing continues under controls designed to ensure the health and wellbeing of all involved, World Triathlon has released a new version of its Covid Prevention Guidelines. The new guidelines include updated policies, recommendations and best practices.
The updated guidelines incorporate the latest information from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and medical research papers on the subject. World Triathlon adds that it continues to pursue the safest possible routes back to a full race calendar.
Using the WHO risk assessment tool, mass participation event organisers and local organising committees (LOCs) are advised to only proceed with an event if it falls in the ‘Very Low’ or ‘Low Risk’ categories.
Each event must continue to appoint a Covid-19 Officer to provide a central point of contact for all communication and stakeholder liaison, as well as a Covid-19 Committee to ‘define, implement and monitor’ the local situation leading into an event.
The wearing of masks, physical distancing, hand sanitisation and avoiding events if unwell continue to be mandated at all World Triathlon races. Workspaces and facilities must all be planned in a way to make the measures as straightforward to carry out as possible.
Where spectators are allowed by local government, the creation and sharing of detailed information to control the flow of people and avoid crowding continues to be required.
Online pre-race briefings will continue with registration carried out under strict control of numbers and flow of athletes. Likewise, medal ceremonies will continue to be non-contact with only another athlete permitted to give a medal to a fellow athlete on the podium.