Government warnings and recommendations are frequently changing about the COVID19 pandemic and it is paramount to keep up to date with information. Nevertheless, there is an abundance of information circulated around by speculative and sensational journalism, so it is important that we refer to accurate and reliable sources regarding the virus.
In order to minimise the “myths” surrounding COVID19, WPWAI refers to the website of the Department of Health in WA which brings together key information from trusted sources, and is continually reviewed and updated.
According to the recommendations of the Department, the best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is by practising good hand hygiene and sneeze/cough etiquette which includes:
- frequently washing your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, or using an alcohol-based hand gel
- refraining from touching mouth and nose
- if coughing or sneezing, covering your nose and mouth with a paper tissue or flexed elbow – dispose of the tissue immediately after use and perform hand hygiene
- avoiding close contact with anyone if you, or they, have a cold or flu-like symptoms (maintain a distance of at least 1 metre).
Additionally, please ensure you exercise appropriate measures to manage your own health and wellbeing and that of your family members, particularly those who may be in the high-risk category. While it is widely acknowledged that the risk of infection in the normal healthy population is very low, all of us interact in different ways with a broader cross-section of people in our every day lives.
In line with this, if you are unwell, have recently returned from overseas or if you are in the high risk bracket, please refrain from attending venues.
National and International Competitions Update
At present, the KAP7 Aussie Sharks and Aussie Stingers will continue to train and compete in the OVO Australian Water Polo League as scheduled. Plans for Australian based training camps post the AWL are currently being looked at.
Based on the advice of the AOC and current communications from the IOC, our Aussie Stingers and KAP7 Aussie Sharks are planning for Tokyo 2020 Olympics as we have been which are due to commence on 24 July.
For updates on Water Polo Australia domestic events – click here. Events as of today are proceeding as scheduled.
The decision has been made by FINA that international competitions have been postponed due to COVID-19 virus:
Women’s Water Polo Olympic Games Qualification Tournament will be held at 17-24 May 2020 in Trieste (ITA). One month before, on 20 April, it will be decided if the tournament will be in Trieste or other national federation organizes.
Men’s Water Polo Olympic Games Qualification Tournament will be held at 31st May- 7th June 2020 in Rotterdam (NED). One month before, on 30 April, it will be decided if the tournament will be in Rotterdam or other national federation organizes.
All games of the Men’s and Women’s Water Polo World League are postponed from now on, and will be played in September-October 2020. The exact dates will follow.
With regard to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics IOC has released the following statement on March 12, 2020:
IOC statement on the Olympic flame lighting and the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
With the lighting of the Olympic flame in Olympia today, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) confirms its full commitment to the success of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. We remain absolutely in line with our Japanese hosts in our commitment to delivering safe Olympic Games in July this year.
At the same time, the world is facing challenges that are also impacting sport. But with 19 weeks before the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, the many measures being taken now by authorities all around the world give us confidence and keep us fully committed to delivering Olympic Games that can bring the world together in peace.
The IOC is proud of the solidarity and flexibility shown by the athletes, the International Federations and the National Olympic Committees, which are managing challenges with the qualification system in a number of sports. We are addressing them together. The IOC is cooperating closely with all those concerned and demonstrating all the flexibility needed to adapt the qualification systems. We are also working with all other stakeholders (including Rights-Holding Broadcasters and sponsors) in order to address the current situation.
We remain in close contact with the World Health Organization (WHO), the host city of Tokyo, the government of Japan and the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee through our joint task force, which was set up in mid-February. The IOC will continue to follow the advice of WHO, as the leading United Nations agency on this topic.