IFAGG updates for calendar 2020 (COVID-19 reflections)

29.5.2020

Dear IFAGG Members,

The global sports community is facing an unprecedented test: determining when and how to move forward with competitions and events in light of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.

As you know the IFAGG Council unanimously agreed to cancel and/or postpone all IFAGG sanctioned competitions from spring (scheduled for March - May) to potentially late September - October 2020, in the hopes that there would be a significant improvement in the global battle against COVID-19 and that we would be able to recognize and reward young athletes from around the world.

IFAGG Council evaluated the global situation and has unanimously agreed to cancel IFAGG sanctioned competitions and events according the list below. Different continents and countries are in different situations and national restrictions must be followed. IFAGG decided confirm cancellation (asked by LOCs) of following events:

  • IFAGG Judge education in Cambrils, ESP (scheduled for 6–9 July)
  • World Cup, Challenge Cup, AGG Asian Championships, Alan Cup and Judge education in Nur-Sultan, KAZ (scheduled for 10–22 September)
  • IFAGG Judge education in Potras CYP (scheduled for 23–27 September)
  • World Cup, Challenge Cup, Asia-Pacific Cup, MAGGA Cup and Judge education in Kuala Lumpur, MAS (scheduled 17–25 October)

We try to find a coherent plan to fixtures schedule up due to the spread of the virus across the world. IFAGG will continue to actively work with monitor and assess the situation.

Concerning World Cup, Challenge Cup, AGG European Championships, AGG University Trophy under EUSA Patronage, Moscow Flowers competition and educational event in Moscow, RUS we will continue monitoring situation and final decision about Moscow event will be done on week 28 July. We need more detailed information from host country governmental policy and LOC.

IFAGG World Championships 19–22 November is our main event of year. For now, concerning that, situation is ok and quite normal in Bulgaria and preparations are continuing.  As is planned to have World Championships event as scheduled, IFAGG is looking for possible competition during last part of October in Europe. IFAGG would like to offer opportunity for those teams, who wish to prepare before main competition as well for judges. When coming changes or confirmations we will communicate updates to you.

IFAGG also recommend to all our members to consider health of our athletes when you will start training. Follow national orders and many NOC`s have published information how to start trainings safety. Important is to pay attention also to how to prevent injuries after training break.

Thank you to all who are involved in sport of AGG around the world and thank you again for your commitment to our athletes and your support of the IFAGG and its mission.

We will get through this together.

IFAGG President letter for members