2021 Surf City El Salvador ISA World Surfing Games
May 29 – June 6
La Bocana & El Sunzal, El Salvador
HEALTH AND BIO-SAFETY PLAN
In close cooperation with our partners in El Salvador, the ISA has approved the official Health and Bio-Safety Plan (click here for English and here for Spanish) with a Special Emphasis in COVID Countermeasures. Please take the necessary time to read this document carefully as there are many measures that will impact your team’s participation. Please also note that each participant will be required to sign a code/letter of commitment binding each participant to respecting the Plan and the specific COVID countermeasures.
Here follows some key highlights of the plan and the requirements for the teams, as well as some additional useful information surrounding the operations of the event:
PCR TEST FOR ENTRY INTO ESA
All those entering El Salvador are required to show proof of a negative PCR test within 72 hours of your departure flight. The cost of this PCR test is your responsibility.
All athletes, team officials, event staff and volunteers must obtain a PCR test between May 24 and May 27 either at the at the event site of El Sunzal, or at the airport. There are no exceptions to this policy. If you are not tested by this deadline, you will not be eligible to participate.
Each National Team will be considered a “bubble”. Co-mingling between other national teams is strictly forbidden.
TEAM SIZE MAXIMUM
There will be a maximum of one team official per athlete allowed to register. For example, a full team of 6 athletes can have a maximum of 6 team officials. A team of one athlete can register one team official. This policy is adopted after observation of other Olympic sports’ best practices and the intention is to limit the potential exposure rate and ensure the safest possible competition for all teams.
CONDENSED REGISTRATION WINDOW
The ISA will be accepting registration payment and online forms between April 15 – May 15. If you require an invoice or invitation letter prior to that time, please let us know.
Upon arrival at the airport, all participants will receive their event wristbands which are part of a digital contact tracing system. Each wristband has a unique ID number for contact tracing and to monitor health updates. These wristbands must remain on for the duration of the contest. More information on the system and mobile app that will be required to be downloaded will be provided at a later date.
Each team will be assigned a car/driver, free of charge, from May 24 until June 7, including transfers to and from the airport. Teams will only be allowed transport between their accommodation, the event site, the designated training site at El Zonte, and approved stores/restaurants. Personal vehicles are strictly prohibited. If a delegation needs a vehicle before or after the dates mentioned, a list of approved transportation companies will be made available.
PRIVATE EVENT AND TRAINING SITE
El Sunzal, La Bocana, and El Zonte are the approved breaks for athletes to train/surf during their stay in El Salvador. These breaks will be closed to the public from May 24 – June 6. We are exploring the potential of having specific training times for each National Team and will announce more on this subject in the coming weeks.
EVENT-SITE TIME LIMIT
Measures are being put in place to limit the amount of time able to spend at the event site before/after a heat. More information will be provided on this policy in the coming weeks.
A local event host will be assigned to each National Team for any assistance needed during the stay in El Salvador. You will receive your team’s specific contact details prior to the event.
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The Ministry of Health approval is required for all accommodations. The verified accommodation options can be found HERE. Accommodation must be on approved list of options. If your National Team has already booked accommodation through a various location, it is imperative that you contact Mercedes Silva (firstname.lastname@example.org) to inquire if an exceptional circumstance can be approved by the Ministry of Health.
Each National Team will be required to provide the travel itineraries of each participant with Dhina Camacho (email@example.com)no later than May 15.
Given the ongoing restrictions on in person and large gatherings, we will be hosting the ISA Managers’ Meeting virtually. The ISA Annual General Meeting will also be held virtually at a later date, not during the ISA WSG. More details will be released in the coming months as they become available.
The IOC is requiring that all International Federations prepare a contingency plan to address the reallocation of remaining quota places should any Olympic Qualification Events be unable to run or be canceled mid-event due to COVID-19. The official contingency plan will be released at the beginning of April.
Please note that the ISA Olympic Eligibility and Nomination Requirements, as approved by the Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee, remain in force in their entirety. The only exemptions foreseen are detailed in paragraphs 1.6 and 1.7 of these Requirements. More information on the requirements for filing an appeal or application to The Panel will be provided in the upcoming weeks.
In order to create a safe environment for athletes, staff, and media at the Event, the ISA is restricting the amount of media that will be present at the event site.
Remote coverage of the event is highly encouraged. The ISA will be providing daily photo and video content to facilitate your coverage of the event.
Any media representing a National Federation must register as a team official AND will count towards the team’s quota of one official per athlete.
Independent media will not be allowed on the event site except for special circumstances. Inquire within the ISA if you have any questions. (See media contact below.)
- Any media personnel attending the event site must follow the same testing and health procedures/protocol as all event athletes and staff.
- National Federation media must arrive to and vacate the event site as their athletes are competing. i.e. Media cannot arrive earlier or stay later than the scheduled times for their athletes.
- Media will have access to specified areas of the event site to work and collect content. A media pass does not grant access to the entire site and/or beach. Exact plans and maps of the access zones will be shared at a later date. All interviews will be done in a designated mixed zone.
- Failure to follow health and safety protocols may result in removal of media credentials. No warnings need to be given.
- ISA will accommodate media requests to arrange virtual interviews where possible.
- The ISA grants media the right to cover the event and use ISA media content free of charge ONLY for editorial purposes. Media working on projects for commercial purposes will be subject to rights and/or technical fees at the ISA’s discretion. Inquire within the ISA to see if your media plans apply.
- Media conducting interviews must have proper equipment that does not require them to come within 2 meters distance of an athlete (i.e. shotgun microphone OK vs lavalier microphone NOT OK)
With any media questions, please contact ISA Media Manager Evan Quarnstrom (firstname.lastname@example.org).