UCI takes further decisive measures to face coronavirus crisis
Mar 15 2020 11:10 pm CET

UCI takes further decisive measures to face coronavirus crisis
UCI takes further decisive measures to face coronavirus crisis
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The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) has taken further restrictive measures related to the coronavirus pandemic.

The cycling governing body has announced a series of decisive measures "with the aim of ensuring the maximum protection of health of all those involved in cycling events and sporting equity between participants." The UCI is enforcing measures regarding the international calendar and the qualification for the Olympics of Tokyo 2020 that are still happening.

"Concerning the Olympic and Paralympic qualification procedure for cycling events that are ongoing, the situation to date is the following: considering the uncertainty surrounding the spread of the virus, maintaining the qualification periods initially planned (11 May 2020 for BMX Freestyle, 27 May for mountain, 1st June for BMX Racing and 7th of June for para-cycling) would have resulted in unfairness between nations," said the UCI through a statement.

"The UCI has therefore decided to propose to the IOC and IPC to stop the procedure as of 3 March, in view of the fact that up until that date, no nation had been prevented from travelling to events."

The UCI has also requested the cancellation of all the cycling events of the International Calendar in territories identified at risk by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and will suspend all classifications across all disciplines from March 15 2020 "until further notice but at least until 3 April 2020."

"Concerning requests for postponement of events, the UCI will communicate at a later stage the possible reallocation of new dates, according to the possibilities offered by the UCI International Calendar but without any guarantee," said the statement.

"The international situation linked to the coronavirus has accelerated sharply recently, especially in Europe, which has pushed the authorities to take drastic measures that have a major impact on our sport in particular," added the UCI president, David Lappartient. "Faced with this unprecedented and changing situation, we must adapt and take necessary measures to guarantee, as far as possible, the security of people at our events as well as sporting equity.

"With the strong decisions taken concerning the UCI International Calendar and the Olympic qualification procedure, we are providing the awaited answers for people in our sport. The challenges we face in light of the current situation require all members of the cycling family and of the Olympic movement to be innovative, strong and united."



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