Will amateur triathlon competitions still be organised post Covid 19 in 2020 – 2021?
Triathlon is already an expensive sport to organise with most race organisers only breaking even or sometimes loosing money. With Ironman Group releasing it’s safety guidelines for it’s future races, other triathlon organisers will most likely be expected to follow similar guidelines by local authorities. Will this be practical to be adhered to? Or will this reduce weekly and monthly triathlons being organised on an amateur and hobby level. Adhering to these guidelines will likely make it more expensive and challenging for organisers, clubs and athletes.
1. Enchanced Hygiene – Sanitisers, hand washing stations, disinfectant wipes, cleaning / disinfecting of common areas & the venue, plus everyone including athletes to use face mask and gloves.
2. Screening & Education – Apart from taking everyone’s temperature, staff and volunteers will need to attend training in order to work on the event. Athletes & Volunteers, will need to fill in a detailed pre-race health questionnaires.
3. Density Reduction – This means no social gatherings the night before and the requirement of much larger race venues to ensure athletes will be far apart from each other before withing the social distancing requirement before the race starts and in transition. Family & supporters to be reduced to one person to support the athlete.
4. Touchpoint Minimization – Merchandising, expo, aid stations & social areas to be reorganised to ensure social distancing.
5. Athlete Self-Reliance – This is to ensure the athletes are more aware of themselves and take better care and be more responsible for their health and safety.
Under these conditions, would an athlete or organiser be looking forward to your next triathlon event?, what are your thoughts?