World Athletics publishes COVID-19 outbreak prevention guidelines for competition organisers


World Athletics, the athletics’ global governing body, has  published a set of health and safety guidelines to assist competition organisers.

The aim is to minimise the risk of spreading the coronavirus when staging in-stadium outdoor events during the current pandemic.

A statement on the body’s website read that the guidelines were drafted by World Athletics’ Health and Science Department.

The guidelines also addressed the post-peak period, as described by the World Health Organisation (WHO), and are based on scientific and medical knowledge of the virus responsible for COVID-19.

“The document offers guidance for professional athletes, support staff, technical officials, workforce, volunteers, medical staff and media.

“Although it does not  include guidelines regarding spectators, the WHO has produced a document and risk-assessment tools for mass gatherings.

“Competition organisers are advised to undertake a four-point risk assessment for all accredited attendants.

“If an individual scores two or higher, it is recommended that they should undergo a medical clearance protocol before the event, ” the statement read.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the guidelines were for pre-event, at the stadium, during and after competitions.