TRANSVULCANIA 2020 FINALLY CANCELLED: THE COVID-19 MAKES THE TRANSVULCANIA CANCELLED
Transvulcania 2020 will be finally cancelled due the COVID-19 outbreak. The international health situation caused by Covid-19 forces the cancellation of Transvulcania. The restrictions laid down by the European Union on passenger traffic from third countries and the inability to ensure the health of participants, family members and fans require the organization to postpone it to 2021.
The global health situation caused by Covid-19, with particular impact still on today in countries to which international trail running figures and popular athletes who compete every year in La Palma, has forced the suspension of the Transvulcania 2020, which had been rescheduled from 26 September to 3 October after the possibility of being held in a virtual manner in May
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The number of coronavirus deaths has reached half a million people, with the pandemic uncontrolled in different cities where contagions multiply every day. The European Union is facing a slow reopening of borders with residents from just 15 countries entering. Citizens of the United States, Brazil, Russia or Mexico have vetoed their entrance, which exposes the need to cancel any sports event that may boast of being an international reference. And Transvulcania undoubtedly is.
The director of Sports of the Cabildo de La Palma, Raúl Camacho, has assured that “we know of the sporting, economic and social importance of Transvulcania, but there are no minimum conditions of health security for its celebration as we know it“, with special emphasis that “under no circumstances we can endanger the health of athletes, family members, amateurs and each and every person who resides on our island“.
Camacho has also underlined the limitations of participation set out in the decrees on the new normality, with outdoor competitions with a maximum of 1,000 people, with restrictions for the public, as well as in the supplies and in each and every detail of the organization. “We worked until the last moment thinking that the event could be held, exhausting all the deadlines we had set ourselves, but being clear that we were not willing to devalue the brand. Transvulcania has a prestige in which the support of the society of our island has been decisive and we cannot throw it away with a terrible decision from a health and organizational point of view,” he said.
Transvulcania joins other international reference events that has also not been disputed because it is not compatible with the current health context. There have been the cases of Ultra Trail de Mont Blanc, Zegama Aizkorri, the WMRA Mountain Racing World Cup or Tor Des Geants, among dozens of races around the world that could not be held by The Covid-19.
The sports Councillor has pointed out that “our goal will now be to organize for 2021 a Transvulcania at the height of the prestige that has the event“, informing that “all runners who wish to change the registration by May next year will have their place guaranteed“, while those who by different circumstances cannot participate in the next edition “will receive the refund of 100% of the amount of the registration“.
See you next year Transvulcania!!
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