The Cyclocross World Cups, in danger from a new strain of coronavirus

The mayor of Ostend assured that in the last hours 16 new cases of the South African strain have been detected. The organizers believe it will be held.

The Cyclo-Cross World Cups, scheduled for this weekend in the Belgian city of Ostend and where the long-awaited duel between Wout Van Aert and Mathieu Van der Poel for the rainbow jersey was expected to be seen, could be in danger due to the coronavirus pandemic .

In statements to Sporza, the mayor of Ostend, Bart Tommelein, assured that the celebration of the World Cups is in doubt after in the last hours 16 cases of the South African variant of COVID-19 have been detected in the city.

"We are consulting with the organizers, the Minister of Sports and the UCI. We are also talking with virologists. The World Cup is currently in doubt," said the councilor of Ostend.

For his part, Rik Debeaussaert, a member of the World Cup organizing committee, wanted to keep the door open to holding the championships. "We have not yet spoken with the authorities or the UCI. They will make the final decision but in the meantime we continue to prepare for the World Cup. We have taken very strict measures and everything is organized according to the regulations. All participants will be subjected to a PCR and the staff It has been reduced to the minimum possible. It will be safe, even 300%, against COVID-19, "he said.

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