Coronavirus Outbreak: World Athletics' COVID-19 protocol for meets includes use of sanitisers for pole vault, relay
The sport's governing body, World Athletics, has issued 22 pages of guidelines which it said in a statement on Thursday were 'based on the scientific and medical knowledge of the virus responsible for COVID-19.'
Bern: Athletics meeting organisers have been advised to put chlorine in the water jump, clean relay batons between each use and add a solution containing a virucide agent to sandpits as part of hygiene guidelines for events during the coronavirus pandemic.
After a wave of postponements, World Athletics is hoping that a shortened season can take place between August and October including a number of elite Diamond League meetings.
The recommendations for organisers include the use of face masks by all officials, media and athletes in the stadium, except when they are warming up or competing.
It also suggested the organisers provide participants with a welcome bag that includes at least three single-use masks, bottles of hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes.
During competition, officials who come into close contact with athletes should wear protective glasses or a plastic face shield, in addition to a mask, the guidelines say.
For track events, starting blocks should be cleaned between each race, chlorine added to the water jump for the steeplechase and relay batons cleaned “between each use”.
For the high jump and pole vaults, the use of hand sanitizers is recommended between each attempt.
Officials should clean the landing mat between each jump using a mop and virucidal solution, or use a thin layer of recyclable plastic that can be placed on the mat.
The sand in the long and triple jump pits should be “mixed with a solution that contains biodegradable and non-skin-aggressive virucide agent”, it added.
Mueller caught COVID-19 in February while playing for Bayern Munich at the Club World Cup in Qatar. He flew back to Germany and quarantined in the cellar of his home near Munich to avoid infecting his wife.
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