Following the declaration of World Health Organization that the current COVID-19 outbreak has now reached a worldwide pandemic status, FINA (World Aquatics Federation) advises its members, athletes and aquatic fans to maintain good hygiene and have prevention measures against COVID-19.
The recently-created FINA Taskforce considered the impacts of the current situation with regard to the health of our athletes by assessing the risks of hosting forthcoming FINA competitions. A number of significant decisions were made to postpone or cancel events. FINA's overriding concern at this challenging time is to proactively safeguard the health of all event participants, and also to safeguard public health in general.
In addition to the outbreak itself, government restrictions and guidance on events and travel as well as recommendations of the World Health Organization and the International Olympic Committee have been considered carefully by FINA's COVID-2019 Taskforce.
FINA has also been in discussion with the host federations and committees involved, to which FINA remains deeply grateful for their efforts to further Aquatics.
How to protect yourself when you train?
•If you do physical maintenance exercise, avoid physical contact with your peers
•Do not drink from the same bottle as others
•Try not to exercise too close to your colleagues (at least keep a distance of 1 meter). It is not recommended to train with larger groups than 3-4 people
•Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, never by hand
•If you are going to handle materials such as technical equipment (stick, racket, snorkel, glasses, helmets, etc) clean it with alcohol before and after use
•Avoid using gym equipment if you do not know if it has been disinfected before hand
•After exercising, try to clean your clothes and any material you can in hot water for about 60-90C° with ordinary detergent. Training material that cannot be cleaned with alcohol