Update current situation (covid-19)
This is an update from Partille Cup – World of Handball concerning the current state of the novel corona virus’s impact on the tournament.
Over the past week we have received several questions about whether the tournament will be played as planned or not, especially after IOC’s announcement to postpone the Tokyo Olympics to 2021.
We have great respect and understanding for this and that the spread of the coronavirus creates concerns, questions and a desire for clear messages. We always put the health and safety of our participants, guests and staff first when making our decisions. We want to be clear about that. To ensure that we do our best, we are in close contact with the authorities and follow their advice, recommendations and restrictions.
We also want to be clear that unlike the Olympic Games, Partille Cup – World of Handball is a yearly event, and because of this we don’t have as long lead times. As an organization we have more time before we need to make a decision.
Teams do not have to pay their participation fees until May 1st and have full refund of the participation fee until June 1st . In this situation, it is important that none of you lose money waiting to make a decision about your participation.
Of course, we have a deep respect for the fact that some foreign teams don’t have as much time as we do to make their decisions. We are all affected by this pandemic but the situation varies in different parts of the world, both when it comes to the spread of the disease, covid-19, and the national authorities’ restrictions. Also, the preparations for our teams differ when it comes to travel reservations and different deadlines.
As of today, there are no directions from the authorities – neither the WHO, ECDC nor the Swedish Public Health Agency – that Partille Cup needs to cancel the tournament because of the outbreak of the coronavirus.
We continue to prepare for this year’s tournament, but we follow the development day by day and work according to our contingency plan, where we plan for several different scenarios.
Right now we feel that we have an obligation to all the thousands of young people who have planned and longed for this summer’s tournament for a long time, and we are doing everything we can to create the tournament possible. We know how much handball means to so many young people and not least how important it – and the cohesion of a team – is in such a vulnerable situation, which can cause concern for many young people.
We regret that at this stage we cannot be more clear than this, but we promise you that we will manage the trust and confidence you show us in an extraordinary situation.