FINA Won’t Require Isolation for COVID-19 Close Contacts at Worlds If Vaccinated

FINA has implemented COVID-19 safety protocols for all credentialed individuals ahead of the upcoming World Aquatics Championships that begin on June 18 in Budapest, Hungary.

Vaccines are not required for credentialing, and Hungary is no longer requiring a COVID-19 test to enter the country. FINA, however, has implemented its own regulations – albeit only for credentialed individuals and not for spectators.

  1. A negative PCR or Antigen test is required 48 hours prior to traveling to Budapest
  2. Upon arrival, a PCR and Antigen test are required, and mask wearing is mandatory until those tests come back negative. After that, mask wearing is optional.
  3. Upon a positive test, close contacts will not be disqualified from the meet or required to isolate if they are vaccinated, unless they test positive as well. Those close contacts will be tested more regularly. Close contacts who are not vaccinated must remain in isolation until at least the 5th day of the meet.

These regulations are more lenient than those in place at the World Short Course Championships in Doha in December. There, several athletes were removed from competition after testing positive, and in at least one case, an entire delegation, Nigeria, was removed after one team official, who had minimal contact with athletes, tested positive.

The prevalence of at-home testing has made it harder to accurately track the COVID-19 pandemic, though official reporting in Hungary shows very low case counts. The Omicron variant, as well as subvariants thereof, have led to increases in case counts in much of this world, though these variants combined with improved treatments have resulted in fewer, though still significant, death counts than previous waves.

The variants are still highly contagious, however, and if an infection spread throughout a team, it could substantially impact performance at the meet, even though most athletes are in lower-risk groups.

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anonymous
2 months ago

Anyone who gets covid at the meet will be out of competition because they will not be healthy enough to swim well.

mcmflyguy
2 months ago

In the words of dodgeball… “thats a bold strategy cotton lets see if it pays off”

#AthleteLivesMatter
2 months ago

I also agree that big pharma can be dangerous, just like any other big special interest group. I am glad the vaccine exists, but mandates are wrong. So is offering preferential treatment to the athletes who take it.

#AthleteLivesMatter

Fobby Binke
Reply to  #AthleteLivesMatter
2 months ago

Stop spreading misinformation.

Michael Andrew is not vaccinated.

And he is allowed to compete at worlds championship

Scott Bonney
2 months ago

What is the rule if you test positive, are you disqualified for the whole meet, or what ?

Fobby Binke
Reply to  Scott Bonney
2 months ago

There’s no such rule.

Stop making things up and spread misinformation.

Troyy
Reply to  Scott Bonney
2 months ago

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Troyy
Reply to  Troyy
2 months ago

So I guess athletes should take precautions to avoid testing positive if they don’t want their WCs ruined.

Last edited 2 months ago by Troyy
Hank
2 months ago

It is time to end medical discrimination. We don’t tolerate any other types of discrimination on the basis of gender, race, religion, etc… Unvaccinated individuals are entitled to the same rights as vaccinated individuals.

Scotty
Reply to  Hank
2 months ago

Exactly….u don’t force your choices on anyone

Fobby Binke
Reply to  Scotty
2 months ago

You have the choice.

You are allowed to not get vaccinated and still compete.

Ask Michael Andrew.

#AthleteLivesMatter
Reply to  Hank
2 months ago

Hank, I totally agree with you! This medical discrimination is eroding the public’s trust in the prestige of the gold medal. This is becoming an attempt to hand pick who makes it to the podium.

#AthleteLivesMatter

NB1
Reply to  #AthleteLivesMatter
2 months ago

you don’t know what discrimination means. If you try to get on a plane without a ticket, is that discrimination or policy?

Anonymous
2 months ago

If you are talking about Justin Bieber, he developed shingles and the virus was in the right facial nerve. Shingles is chickenpox virus.

Fobby Binke
2 months ago

I have a cousin and two uncles. They followed misinformation on Facebook and believed it, distrusted “mainstream media”,
refused to get vaccinated. They got Covid and died. I trusted experts, was vaccinated, got Covid, and survived.

Last edited 2 months ago by Fobby Binke
#AthleteLivesMatter
Reply to  Fobby Binke
2 months ago

Sorry for your loss, but there is no way to know that had your relatives gotten the vaccine if they would be alive today. You’ll never be able to prove in court that by taking the vaccine they would have survived Covid.

#AthleteLivesMatter

Fobby Binke
Reply to  #AthleteLivesMatter
2 months ago

Copying previous comment:

Unvaccinated people are 17 times more likely to die of Covid. Data does not lie. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-to-compare-covid-deaths-for-vaccinated-and-unvaccinated-people/?amp=true

Anonymous
2 months ago

MA had covid and has natural immunity.

Chachi
Reply to  Anonymous
2 months ago

aka Patient Zero

Anonymous
Reply to  Chachi
2 months ago

What is patient zero?

mcmflyguy
Reply to  Anonymous
2 months ago

More of a who… or whom.

Yikes
Reply to  Anonymous
2 months ago

Not sure when he had it, but natural immunity only lasts 3 months.

Peaty55Paris
Reply to  Yikes
2 months ago

Even then people get breakthrough cases within that time frame

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