IWWF STATEMENT CONCERNING THE COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS SITUATION AND ITS EFFECT ON IWWF WORLD TITLED EVENTS AND CONFEDERATION, NATIONAL AND OTHER 2020 COMPETITIONS
The COVID-19 situation is spiralling out of control around the world. IWWF’s position is the creation and maintenance of a safe environment for the community, athletes, officials and volunteers.
The cancellation or continuation of any waterski and wakeboard event will, ultimately, be controlled by the decisions of the country in which the event takes place. This will be outside the influence of the IWWF and we shall have to abide by the country laws and policies in place.
The IWWF has 6 World titled events planned in 2020 and in each case IWWF is directly in touch with the organisers to monitor the ongoing situation in the host country. IWWF will inform all National Federations of any changes of circumstance in each case.
The first is the IWWF World Waterski Show Tournament to be held in Mulwala, Australia 21/22 March. The 4 competing teams are already in Australia ready to compete. However, it was with a heavy heart that the IWWF President and Bureau agreed there were no choice but to POSTPONE the 2020 IWWF SHOW SKI WORLD TOURNAMENT to a later date.
The IWWF World Barefoot Championships were to take place in Liverpool, Sydney , Australia from 11-17 April. In consultation with the organisers it has been agreed to POSTPONE this event and to hold it later in the year.
The 2020 IWWF World Junior Waterski Championships is due to be held in Florida, USA from 18-23 August. There was an announcement earlier this week that the USA has stopped all European travellers from entering the US until 30th March 2020. This situation will be discussed with the USA Federation.
The 2020 IWWF World Cableski Championships will take place in Poland from 11-13 September.
The 2020 IWWF World Cable Wakeboard Championships will take place in Thailand from 14-20 September. Consideration is being given to changing the date to the 1st Quarter 2021.
The 2020 IWWF World Over 35 Waterski Championships will take place in France from 14-20 September.
The 2020 FISU World University Waterski & Wakeboard Championships will take place in the Ukraine from 22-27 September. This is a FISU organised championships and the decision to continue will be made by FISU not IWWF.
In the case of Confederation Championships (Africa, Asia, Europe, PanAm, Oceania), the Confederation will be directly in touch with the organisers to monitor the ongoing situation in the host country. The Confederation will inform all its National Federations of any changes of circumstance in each case.
In the case of National Championships, and domestic International competitions in any country, it will be the National Federation and/or organisers’ responsibility to notify entrants about the ongoing situation with their event.
IWWF wishes to warn Federations and participants that many commercial travel insurance policies DO NOT cover such pandemics, and everyone should be aware of potential financial losses (travel and other costs) in the event of cancellation. Unfortunately, this current situation is outside of our (IWWF) control. However, we pledge to do our utmost to give as much notice as possible, bearing in mind the daily ever-changing country decisions worldwide.
Further information is available from the IOC at: https://www.olympic.org/athlete365/
World Health Organisation’s Advice
It is recommended that you continue to follow the measures below to reduce the general risk of transmission of acute respiratory infections:
· Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
· Maintain social distancing, at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance, between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing
· Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
· Practice respiratory hygiene by covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
· If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early
And at the World Health Organisation’s Web Site
Issued Monday 16th March 2020
Approved by the IWWF President and Bureau
About the IWWF: The International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation (IWWF) is the world governing body for towed watersports and has over 90 affiliated Federations worldwide. It was founded in 1946 in Geneva, Switzerland. It is recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the sole authority for towed watersports. The IWWF is an affiliate member of the Association of IOC Recognized International Sports Federation (ARISF) and the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF). The IWWF’s sports disciplines include, amongst others, Tournament Waterskiing (slalom, tricks & jump), Wakeboard, Cable Wakeboard, Cable Waterskiing, Disabled Waterskiing, Show Skiing, Ski Racing, Barefoot Waterskiing & Wakesurfing
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