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Sanitised sand pits and chlorinated water jumps to feature at athletics meetings

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Yulimar Rojas of Venezuela competes in the Women's Triple Jump Qualification during day seven of 17th IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha

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ByReuters
11/06/2020 at 15:37 | Updated 11/06/2020 at 16:38

Athletics meeting organisers have been advised to put chlorine in the water jump, clean relay batons between each use and add a solution containing a virucide agent to sand pits as part of hygiene guidelines for events during the coronavirus pandemic.

The sport's governing body, World Athletics, has issued 22 pages of guidelines which it said in a statement were "based on scientific and medical knowledge of the virus responsible for Covid-19."

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After a wave of postponements, World Athletics is hoping that a shortened season can take place between August and October including a number of elite Diamond League meetings.

The recommendations for organisers include the use of face masks by all officials, media and athletes in the stadium, except when they are warming up or competing.

DOHA, QATAR - SEPTEMBER 27: Juan Miguel Echevarria of Cuba competes in the Men's Long Jump qualification during day one of 17th IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019 at Khalifa International Stadium on September 27, 2019 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by R

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It also suggested the organisers provide participants with a welcome bag that includes at least three single-use masks, bottles of hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes.

During competition, officials who come into close contact with athletes should wear protective glasses or a plastic face shield, in addition to a mask, the guidelines say.

For track events, starting blocks should be cleaned between each race, chlorine added to the water jump for the steeplechase and relay batons cleaned "between each use".

Athletes wait for the baton change during the Women's 4x400m Relay heats at the 2019 IAAF Athletics

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For the high jump and pole vaults, the use of hand sanitizers is recommended between each attempt.

Officials should clean the landing mat between each jump using a mop and virucidal solution, or use a thin layer of recyclable plastic that can be placed on the mat.

The sand in the long and triple jump pits should be "mixed with a solution that contains biodegradable and non-skin-aggressive virucide agent", it added.

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