Following easing of government regulations on the measure in Austria, the Austrian Ski Association ÖSV has published their concept to safely start training with their high-performance athletes again.
“Preparations to take up training within the given restrictions with immediate effect have been ongoing for a while. The most important thing for us is to ensure the health of the ÖSV teams and not to spread the Covid-19 disease any further”, a federation media release said.
To ensure this, the health of all athletes and staff members will be tested. Only when all test results are in, will training will be allowed. All athletes, coaches staff and physiotherapists of the ski jumping national teams have already been tested last weekend and will now take up their training again in Innsbruck and Salzburg-Rif.
Subject to the confirmation of the Austrian sports ministry, a concept for a second step, an extensive training camp concept for small groups, involving snow and technical activities from the beginning of May onwards has been created. Teams will be accommodated in hotels used exclusively by them and the minimum duration of a camp will be eight days. Each camp will have a dedicated catering crew. Also in this second step, all camp participants will be tested before arrival and before departure to ensure that everyone leaves the camp healthily.
“With a total of 450 athletes, we will need more than 1500 tests to enable a responsible beginning of organised ÖSV training. In addition, we will do an antibody test with all athletes in cooperation with the University of Innsbruck. For us it is also important to know how far the athletes were maybe infected with Covid-19 in the past season and have built up an immunity”, said ÖSV President Peter Schröcksnadel.