The governing body for athletics in Australia; Athletics Australia released its “Return to Athletics Guidelines” to be used by clubs and associations around the country.
The Guidelines set out in conjunction with the AIS Framework for Rebooting Australian Sport in a COVID-19 Environment have been formulated with the help of Athletics Australia’s member associations and with Sport Australia.
Athletics Australia CEO Darren Gocher said:
“In these very tough times, it has been fantastic to see the resilience and the ingenuity of the athletics community,
“I can’t wait to see everyone out there competing again and with the release of these Guidelines we are a step closer,” Mr. Gocher said.
The guidelines aim to provide the Athletics community with clarity about how best to create a safe training environment depending on the differing levels of restrictions imposed by state and federal governments.
At this time, the Return to Athletics Guidelines do not provide for a resumption of athletics competitions and events. Decision-making around the resumption of state and club competitions rests with the state sporting organisations.
Athletics Australia will continue to work with its state Member Associations, government bodies and health officials to develop similar national baseline standards for event & competition operations.
The principles of the Return to Athletics Guidelines are grouped into four categories:
- Participants – athletes
- Parents & Carers
- Coaches & Run leaders
- High Performance
The resources are available on the COVID-19 Hub on the Athletics Australia website.