Dear sports friends,
I am pleased to invite you to the UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup in Tábor even in these difficult times. The opening round of the UCI World Cup will take place in Tábor on November 29th, for all categories. In the context of the pandemic of COVID-19, we have taken the highest number of provisions, in close cooperation with the Chief Medical Health Officer of the Czech Republic and Director of the Regional Hygiene Station of the South Bohemian Region.
This is the reason why the Organising Committee of Tábor is pleased to communicate a message from Dr Kvetoslava Kotrbová, MD., Ph.D., Director of the Regional Hygiene Station of the South Bohemian Region, Czech Republic.
Petr Balogh, Director of the UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup race in Tábor, Czech Republic
Dear cyclists, participants in the UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup race in Tábor, South Bohemia,
We are facing a difficult period together. The effort of us, epidemiologists of the Regional Hygiene Station of the South Bohemian Region (www.khscb.cz), responsible for the protection of public health in our beautiful region, is to help companies, institutions, municipalities and sports teams to maintain all epidemiological regulations and minimize the risks of COVID-19 transmission of everyday life. And this includes cyclo-cross, which is extremely popular in our country and especially in Tábor.
This is the reason why my colleagues and I were happy to meet the needs of the race organizers and within the measures currently set in the Czech Republic, we found solutions that will allow the race to take place without endangering the health of its participants, staff, service providers, journalists or organizers.
The race will take place without any spectators.
Among the basic rules we will require, is the current negative RT-PCR test for COVID-19, issued by national authorities, not older than 72 hours.
We have prepared a regime of movement and functioning of individual teams, in regards of:
the competition venue,
the personal hygiene,
the accommodation in hotels,
the cooperation with media,
the awards ceremony,
all that in order not to disrupt the regularity of the races, but to minimize risks and social contacts.
Individual teams will move in a closed area and the organisation of the competition is set so that riders and teams of different categories do not meet. Thus, there will always be only one category present on the parcours, while the competition day will host five different categories.
The premises of the event will be continuously disinfected by a professional company
As a public health authority, we will directly monitor the compliance with the measures. Although my words may sound strict, I think that together with the organizers we have managed to find such solutions that will allow the regular organisation of the race without endangering the health of its participants. And we do our best for it. It will require maximum consideration from all of us, but I believe that thanks to the respect for this difficult but wonderful sport, such as cyclo-cross, we can do it together.
Doc. Kvetoslava Kotrbová, MD., Ph.D.
Director of the Regional Hygiene Station of the South Bohemian Region, Czech Republic
Hygienic-anti-epidemic conditions fixed by the Ministry of Health:
The organizer sets up a filter at the entrance of the venue of the cyclo-cross event for all persons entering the area. Persons who do not fill the self-diagnose form or whose body temperature is higher than 37.5 degrees will be allowed to entry only with the consent of a doctor appointed by the organizer.
All persons present during the race at the venue must confirm the absence of clinical signs of infectious disease through a self-diagnose form. This form will be available in case of medical inspection by the public health authority to check the status of riders, race officials and team staff members.
All riders, race officials and team staff members (hereinafter referred to as the "Essential Persons") are obliged to undergo a RT-PCR test for the SARS-CoV-2 virus test before the race. The result of this test must be available before the obligated person enters the venue of the cyclo-cross event, and must not be older than 48 hours, except for obligated persons from abroad whose results must not be older than 72 hours. This obligation does not apply to Essential Persons who have demonstrably suffered from COVID-19 disease, do not have clinical signs of COVID-19 disease, have undergone isolation to the specified extent due to a positive RT-PCR test results and the first positive RT-PCR test was not older than 90 days. This must be documented by a doctor's confirmation.
If the Essential Person who underwent RT-PCR test for the SARS-CoV-2 virus test and the result was positive, it is a person who has demonstrably suffered from COVID-19 and undergone isolation to the specified extent due to a positive RT-PCR test results, that person may enter the race only if 90 days haven’t elapsed from the first positive results. If more than 90 days have elapsed since the first positive result of the RT-PCR test, the person will not enter the race and will be isolated.
The doctor or person appointed by the organizer will mark in the self-reporting form the date of execution and the result of the last RT-PCR test for the presence of SARS-CoV virus of all the rider and team staff members.
The person appointed by the Organiser to collect the PCR test results is available to receive them to the following e-mail address: email@example.com.
That address will be read by the appointed person only, in compliance with the GDPR rules (personal data protection).
Face masks/face coverings shall be worn at all times, with the exception of riders on course (training and race).
The organizer will ensure that no spectators will be present in the venue for the duration of the sporting event.
The organizer will ensure that the maximum number of all persons in the venue of the cyclocross event will not exceed 350 people.
The organizer will provide adequate space and conditions for any need for preliminary isolation if infectious respiratory disease is suspected.
Transport, accommodation and meals will be provided separately in compliance with the applicable emergency measures.
The organizer will ensure a communication with the locally competent public protection authority health.
The organization of the race will take place in accordance with the UCI Protocol for the Organization of Cycling Races in 2020 in connection with the Covid-19 pandemic.