EUROPEAN MASTERS WEIGHTLIFTING CHAMPIONSHIPS
PROTOCOL DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC
COMPILED BY HAROLD PIJCKE
(CHAIRMAN ORGANIZING COMMITTEE)
MARK LAVALLEE, MD, CSCS, FACSM, FAMSSM* (USA)
ROXANNA VARGAS, MD* (DOM)
RICARDO GUERRA, MD (CUB)
*designated IWF Medical Committee Member
Dr Michael Irani
Chairman, IWF Medical Committee and ADC
Executive Board Member
Protocol “VERANTWOORD SPORTEN” Netherlands Olimpic Committee (NOC)
After the appearance of people affected by the SARSCOV2-COVID-19 virus mutation in the city of WUHAN (CHINA) in late December 2019 and it becoming a Pandemic earlier this year, the world has responded with mandatory social isolation imposed by most government health authorities, closing of travel and businesses, cancelling of sporting events etc. This has impacted our weightlifting athletes who were no longer allowed to enter gyms in most countries and were sheltering at home with home-made or inadequate equipment continuing to train. Because of these situations along with WHO recent statement that the Coronavirus infection will be with us for quite a while it is neccessary to take safety precautions at a weightlifting competition.
We made the following recommendations for:
- the safety of our athletes, officials, coaches and public (all who visit our competition)
- the preparation for the competition in this pandemic time.
These recommendations are fluid and are subject to change as more knowledge of this coronavirus pathology is revealed, along with the consent of the government and health authorities of The Netherlands..
• To provide guidance for the cleaning and sanitation of equipment and the competition venues in accordance with WHO protocols.
• To work with Public Health officials to treat and follow up on athletes,
coaches, staff who will be attending the competition.
• To provide a screening plan for diagnosis and prevention prior to and after entrance into competition venue and field of play.
- Emergency Action plans
- Supplies/ Equipment
- On-site screening outside and inside competition venue, training hall,
GENERAL THOUGHTS WITH RESPECT TO THE COMPETITION
• The facility is large enough for athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers and supporters to maintain the appropriate distance (The Netherlands standard is 1.5 meters).
There is a local public health official who will be the liaison between EMWC2020 and local public health and medical community. This person will report to EMWC2020 and EMWC Medical committee.
All precautions, hygienic rules, etc. are published on the website of EMWC 2020. There is a hand out which is sent by email to all athletes. Each visitor of the venue will get a hand out at the accreditation.
Posters with precautions and rules are hanging all over the venue.
• The venue has adequate ventilation, potable water services and supplies for deep cleaning (chlorine, detergents), soap for hand washing as well as antibacterial gel with a high percentage of alcohol or alcohol-based wet wipes.
• Outside the venue (in front of the accreditation desks), there will be a screening and sanitation area (see as an attachment our screening plan).
• All persons who enter the venue are registered.at the accreditation desk. So
The organization will have a clear view on who was in the venue on a particular
+ The accreditation desk will have vertical barriers
• The venue has a sanitation area for the people who enter the venue, which contains soap and water, antibacterial gel or alcohol-based wet wipes,
Social distancing in the Netherlands is 1.5 metre. It is important that everybody
follows the 1.5 metre rule. To help to establish this rule the organization
Signs all over the venue
location of chairs and tables are marked
Crewmembers of the organization are assigned to help visitors following the
Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs)
MASKS: Each person entering MUST be wearing a mask covering nose/mouth. This needs to be securely fashioned. Handkerchiefs, bandanas are NOT sufficient. It is up to screening personal to determine if the personal mask is sufficient. If no mask or not an acceptable mask, athletes, coaches, visitors may be able to purchase a mask from the organization. The organization will supply FREE masks to all volunteers and officials.
GLOVES: for ALL volunteers at venue entrances, credentialing, loaders and coaches who will load for their athlete in warm-up area.
FOOTWEAR: no one will be allowed into premises barefoot. Must have shoes/sandals.
• the organization will perform cleaning before training and after each training following the WHO protocols.
• there are a sufficient amount of toilets for each gender so visitors can maintain
distance. This will be cleaned by cleaning staff on regular base
• there is an area destined for possible isolations due to suspected COVID-19 infection.
• there is a spacious and ventilated recreation room. There will be no manual entertainment such as playing cards or dominoes to avoid contamination.
ATHLETES AND COACHING STAFF
• They must pass screen measures prior to being allowed to enter venue
+ They must wear mask over nose and mouth except while lifting, warm up and cool-down.
+ Coaching and support staff must be masked at all times.
+ No more than 2 athletes on one training platform. Each athlete will get an assigned (numbered) platform.
+ Athletes bring own chalk. Do not share your chalk, keep it for yourself.
+ Athlete is responsible for sanitizing bar after use and disposing of ALL trash, paper, bottles,items they used. FAILURE to comply will be dealt with on an individual basis by organization staff/leadership.
• They must allow their temperature to be taken when entering the complex. If you have a temperature higher than 38 ° c you should be referred to local public health personnel for follow-up and you will not be able to enter the complex until you provide a medical certification that you can do so.
• They must bring their sanitized clothes from home to change into the complex when they arrive from outside.
• The training area will be cleaned before and after using it by specially trained venue staff or volunteers
• Those loading the bar for the athlete have to use gloves.
• Hand washes with soap and water constantly, use of gel or alcohol-based wet wipes that is available in the complex, however you should bring your own.
• MUST wash hand with soap and running water after each bathroom use. Bathrooms will be cleaned by venue staff on regular base.
• They must leave immediately after cessation of their lifting is complete and are responsible for removing their own trash items.
• Showers are closed during competition
• Try to maintain social distance of 1,5 meters from athletes and people.
WEIGH-IN AREA (no more than 10 athletes per session)
+There will be 10 chairs designated 1.5 meters apart in the weigh-in area.
+ This area will not open to public and will be able to be secured.
+ There will be an adjacent, attached room where actually weight in will occur
+ There will be two, same-sex technical officials present, who will wear gloves and mask at all times.
+ The scale will be sanitized by one of the TOs between each weigh-in
+ athletes will NOT remove socks; paper booties can be provided.
+ Athlete will be told in English that the scale is sanitized between each use.
+ Athlete will get a plastic bag to collect own trash from rest- and warm up area
+ After Weigh in athletes MUST go to the rest area (don’t mix with other persons anymore).
REST AREA (for athletes after weigh-in)
+ only Athlete and one coaching staff allowed into area
+ each area is 9 feet/3 meters apart or individual rooms/sectioned areas.
+ will be sanitized between each session.
+ Athletes are responsible for removing ALL trash and food products from area when he/she leaves
FIELD OF PLAY (COMPETITION PLATFORM/ WARM-UP AREA)
(no more than 10 athletes per session)
+ Athletes may choose to wear or not wear a mask when competing on the platform.
+ Athletes may choose to wear disposable surgical glove when competing on the platform (Wrist wraps, leather gloves, are forbidden)
+ Technical Controller should stand 1.5 meter away from coach and athletes.
+ Jury tables and tables fort he competition management, speaker etc. must have at least a distance of 1.5 meter.
+ If possible 1 athlete per 1 warm-up platform. If not feasible, no more than 2 athletes per warm-up platform. Athletes are allowed to share weights if they are NOT loading their own bar and a coach/staff member is loading and that person is wearing gloves or sanitizing their hands frequently. The barbell must be sanitized before another athlete is using it.
+ only ONE coach is allowed to visually watch athlete next to platform.
+ Athletes can enter the warm up area as soon the group before them has left the warm up area;
+ Athletes and coaches will get a briefing by the warm up supervisor
+ Controller (TC), will ensure that there is a good rotation. Athletes who have the lowest starting weight warm up first, etc.
+ Warm-up area should have at least 3 Television viewing area with tape in front of area designating 1.5 meter distances.
+ numerous sanitation stations in warm-up area and nearby competition platform
+ the competition bar will sanitized using wipes or 70% isopropyl alcohol between EACH lift unless athlete follows themselves. Allow 1-2 minutes (bar must air dry to eradicate COVID) between sanitizing before allowing next lift. May need to alternate competition bars on one platform or have two alternating competition platforms.
SPORTS MEDICINE AREA (at Venue)
• There will be a large designated sports medicine area.
The area is fenced to protect and provide privacy.
• It is equipped with two non-contact IR thermometers.
+There will be a small isolation area adjacent to the sports Medicine area in case of emergency equipped with FFF2 masks, paper PPR suits, face shields and one treatment table.
+ There will be sufficient medical supplies, gloves, masks, sanitation wipes, numerous 70% isopropyl alcohol spray bottles to disinfect materials after each treatment. There are paper towels and cloth towels for cleaning and two treatment tables to examine patients.
• A medical staff from local or regional Public Health will be appointed prior to the competition and relay their government’s standard operating procedure at the Technical Official’s Meeting.
They are responsible for on-site screening testing, treatment, isolation, and follow up in the event that there are infected people, who must be transferred to the areas assigned by them for their due treatment.