SIGNIFICANT IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON THE GLOBAL SPORTING GOODS INDUSTRY

The following article is courtesy of the World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry. The ongoing COVID-19 crisis continues to create challenging circumstances for many industries including sporting goods.  At the World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry (WFSGI), our thoughts continue to be with our global communities, members, colleagues, partners, families and friends who have been impacted by the unprecedented spread of COVID-19.  As the global federation, we are committed to doing our best to...

Swiss Alpine Club – Summary of Covid-19 Measures – Update

The following is an update to the previous communication provided by Swiss Alpine Club (SAC) President and UIAA Management Committee member Françoise Jaquet. SAC Timeline Since March 2 and throughout the evolution of the recommendations of the Federal Council and the Federal Office of Public Health, the SAC informed regularly the section presidents and the mountain huts gardians by dedicated letters, and the SAC members by communication on our website. On March 13 we created a crisis task...

IOC SUPPORT FOR FEDERATIONS AND ATHLETES

The following resources have been made or available, or shared, by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). World Health Organisation (IOC) Risk Assessment for Sport Events and Considerations for sports federations/sports event organizers when planning mass gatherings in the context of COVID-19: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/technical-guidance/points-of-entry-and-mass-gatherings. WHO publication for sports federations / sports event organizers: https://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/handle/10665/331764/WHO-2019-nCoV-Mass_Gatherings_Sports-2020.1-eng.pdf Reference library of guidelines on Athlete 365, including those of the WHO, NOCs and IFs: https://www.olympic.org/athlete365/international-federation-updates/ Athlete 365 Support: https://www.olympic.org/athlete365/coronavirus/...

UIAA ICE CLIMBING COMMISSION HOSTS ANNUAL MEETING ONLINE

The UIAA Ice Climbing Commission hosted its annual meeting on the weekend of 9-10 May. Held online, 13 Commission members from ten countries as well as representatives of the UIAA Executive Board and Office, dialled in. The Commission addressed the following subjects: 2019/2020 season A review of the positives (high quality of the competitions, improvements on previous seasons) and negatives (too few competitions, issues with cancelled events) of the 2019/2020 season which witnessed three UIAA Ice Climbing...

BMC launches Covid-19 recovery plan for climbing and hill walking

The following update was published the British Mountaineering Council (BMC) on 7 May. Over the past two weeks, the newly formed BMC Covid-19 Working Group has been working hard to develop proposals for phased re-opening of the outdoors for hill walking and climbing. The culmination of this, so far, is a Covid-19 recovery plan for climbing & hill walking which has been submitted to English and Welsh government ministers and departments today. READ: The BMC Climbing and Hill...

AAC: THE NEXT PITCH: PRACTICAL BETA ON CLIMBING IN THE COVID ERA

On 1 May, the American Alpine Club (AAC) published some guiding principles for climbing in the Covid era (see below). Climbers across the country have set personal needs aside, cleared the crag out of concern for their community, and taken precautions to help "flatten the curve." Thank you. With the easing of shelter-in-place policies across the country, restrictions on access to crags are beginning to change. Deciding whether it’s appropriate to head back out to your local crag...

COMING OUT OF COVID-19

The UIAA Sport Events Coordinator and British Mountaineering Council President Lynn Robinson contribute to a video discussion organised by Climbmax Climbing on the impact of Covid-19. ...

WADA UPDATES ITS COVID-19 GUIDANCE FOR ANTI-DOPING ORGANISATIONS

Montreal, 6 May 2020 – Following on from its COVID-19 guidance of 20 March, today the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) issued updated guidance for Anti-Doping Organizations (ADOs) focused on the resumption of athlete testing as deconfinement leads to the restart or return to normal of doping control programs in a number of countries around the world. WADA developed the guidance following consultation with a group of National Anti-Doping Organizations (NADOs) to determine how the anti-doping community can best operate their testing programs...

UIAA AND COVID-19: RESOURCES

The UIAA - International Climbing & Mountaineering Federation - has published a number of resources related to Covid-19. The dedicated UIAA website portal can be found here. Reports from the meetings of the UIAA Covid-19 Crisis Consultation (CCC) task force. 16 April - creation of CCC 28 April - #1 meeting 14 May - #2 meeting 18 June - #3 meeting 4 August - #4 meeting...

UPDATE CONCERNING 2020 UIAA MOUNTAIN PROTECTION PROJECTS

Following consultation between various parties – Mountain Protection Commission (MPC) delegates, the Award Assessment Team, the UIAA Executive Board, UIAA Office and main sponsor Bally – the UIAA MPC has taken the decision to postpone the evaluation and prize designation for the 2020 UIAA Mountain Protection Award to 2021. The application portal – live since 1 March – will remain open for proponents to submit projects and initiatives for the 2020-2021 Award. Assessment will commence in...