This message will be updated as new information comes to hand.
The FIT Board are monitoring the situation with regards to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCov), including the World Health Organisation (WHO) travel advice and media briefings.
Since our initial advice on 30 January 2020, the reach of the virus has increased significantly globally. On 11 March 2020 the WHO officially categorised the disease a pandemic.
In recent days, more governments around the world have imposed extensive measures to limit transmission. Travel is limited and in some cases banned. Entire nations are self-isolating in an effort to slow the spread of the virus.
Further to our earlier statements, the FIT Board can now confirm that all unplayed Tier 1, 2, and 3 events that had been scheduled for 2020 have now been either cancelled or postponed.
- In agreement with the host nation, China, we have postponed the 2020 Asian Touch Cup. We will review the situation in July 2020 to decide if we will reschedule the tournament in 2021.
- In agreement with the host nation, the Philippines, we have cancelled the 2020 Asian Club Championships.
- We fully support the decision Touch Football Australia and Touch NZ to indefinitely postpone the Trans Tasman series.
- We fully support the decision of the European Federation of Touch to postpone the 2020 European Championships and cancel the 2020 European Junior Touch Championships.
- We have suspended all international travel by FIT personnel (including board and commission members) until further notice.
- We will not endorse any international series to occur for the remainder of 2020 until further notice and we will continue to review the situation for events being planned for 2021.
The following broad principles drive this response:
- People first – our main priority is the health of everyone involved in our sport.
- Our core sources of data and recommendations remain WHO, however, we also consider news sources and what other sports, governments, airlines, and businesses are doing.
- Our fundamental approach is to minimise potential exposure to the virus in order to reduce transmission.
Finally, FIT recommends that all member nations review their own travel policy and all available data to determine if they endorse the activities of their athletes and officials.
If you have any enquiries you can contact Bill Ker, FIT Secretary-General, by email at [email protected].
Last updated Tue 24 Mar 2020 22:00:00 UTC.