10 Feb 2021

PG XC Worlds 2021 Update

Air Evènement and the French Federation (FFVL), organisers of the coming World Paragliding XC Championships, are doing their utmost so the event takes place at the expected date in the best conditions possible. All lights are ‘green’, except the most important one, the pandemic, stuck on ‘orange’.

Green… The website is operational. The local regulations have been published. Pre-registration is open: 200 pilots from 47 nations are already listed. The administrations have renewed their support. Planning is on time in every regard.

Orange… The championship will take place in a secure environment with respect to COVID risk. To date, no quarantine is imposed but a negative PCR test of less than 72 hours is required. On-site, a PCR test laboratory will be available so everyone can prepare their return home.

Nevertheless, some restrictions must be taken in consideration: travel constraints (some nations know that the probability of sending pilots is very low); curfew; restaurants closed (with no way to offer food and drinks at HQ).

Go/No-go… It is impossible to anticipate what the situation will be in mid-May. Everyone needs to know soon enough what will happen: pilots and accompanying persons to make time-off and travel arrangements; organisers to set in place what is needed.

March 15 has been set and is confirmed as the deadline to go ahead or to postpone the championship to 2023. The CIVL will be involved in the decision process; delegates and team leaders will be contacted beforehand.