The TotalEnergies BWF World Championships 2021 has paid special attention to the COVID protocols set by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) to make this event completely safe for all the people who are part of it.
Garantizar la seguridad sanitaria de deportistas, técnicos, staff, periodistas, etc., es una de las prioridades en #Huelva2021. La COVID Manager @laia_oset explica las claves de los protocolos que se siguen en los distintos sectores del evento. 😷😷 pic.twitter.com/ObxmgSry43
— Huelva2021WC (@Huelva2021WC) December 14, 2021
Huelva 2021 has had to adapt quickly to the COVID context and its new reality, since, when the World Championships were assigned to the city of Huelva, the pandemic did not exist. As a sign of the great work done by the World and Spanish Badminton Federation, a joint protocol has been drafted that has allowed to draw up a COVID action plan and build the “green bubble” to ensure the safety of this event.
The main feature of the COVID protocol for Huelva 2021 is that the event takes place in a bubble, so that all persons entering the bubble must undergo a series of mandatory tests (PCR and antigens). The green bubble is composed of the players and coaches of the different world delegations, but also of the technical staff and volunteers of the event. Everyone who is part of the bubble must take a PCR up to 48 hours before their arrival at the tournament, a PCR upon arrival and two other mandatory tests during the competition, on December 13 and 18.
Anticipation and preparation is essential to ensure the success of the competition. Testing began on December 7, with 1,822 PCRs and 100 antigen tests being carried out to date, and an estimated 2,000 to 2,500 tests to be carried out by the end of the event.
The coordination to prepare the green bubble of the tournament started during the three months prior to the event. The organization of the event has been in direct and permanent contact with the BFW, and has followed the experience of previous world events and the Huelva Spain Masters that was held in May as a test run towards the world championships.
Players, coaches and staff members who are inside the green bubble have clear rules that must be strictly respected in order to preserve the safety of this bubble, not being able to mix with anyone who has not been tested or accredited as green, thus ensuring absolute safety. Once the test results are negative, they are given a green accreditation to be able to move around the corresponding zones marked by the facility.
Safety goes beyond the Huelva 2021 green zone. The spectator area is considered as red, being outside the bubble, but it also includes preventive measures towards the pandemic, such as daily disinfection of the facilities, the use of hydroalcoholic gels and the mandatory use of masks for all attendees.