Please read thoroughly as there is critical information regarding travel and competition risks.
As most of you have been following the evolving situation around the world, you are aware of inherent risks with travel and health as defined by various government agencies. As of March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) has officially declared the situation as a pandemic. Additionally, a few countries have implemented regional bans culminating with the USA declaring a European ban on March 11, 2020.
Triathlon Canada is following the direction of our government and health professionals. However, with the uncertainty and possible risks related to travel, as of March 11, 2020 2000 PST, Triathlon Canada is strongly recommending the following actions for all athletes who are either competing or thinking of competing internationally,
- Return to Canada as soon as possible if you are abroad.
- Plan to cease international travel until further notice
There is also a growing risk with personal insurance coverage due to the global situation. We have just been informed that our insurance company will no longer insure athletes while abroad. Triathlon Canada is actively looking to find a solution. We will be informing athletes ASAP of their insurance status. As required by the ITU (Rule 2.6) and other race organizers, all athletes must carry personal insurance. If personal insurance becomes void or an athlete cannot obtain person insurance, Triathlon Canada will be forced to,
- Withdraw athletes already on a start list or,
- Cease to place athletes on any start list or wait list
Triathlon Canada is aware that the current global situation is changing by the hour. We are conscious of the fact that competition is critical to an athlete, especially this year, and we will do everything possible to ensure that any disruptions to selection or qualification are minimized to the greatest extent possible. However, our recommendations are prioritizing athlete/coach/officials/staff health and safety.
Kim Van Bruggen
Chief Executive Officer