Olympic hopefuls back on Track
30/06/2020 00:00, I Mewn Blog /
After three months of home training, a small group of Olympic and Paralympic hopeful athletes from sprint and throwing events took part in a controlled outdoor session at the outdoor track on the Cardiff Metropolitan Campus today after the list of athletes and new safety protocols were signed off by Sport Wales & the Welsh Government. Each athlete was health screened in advance and a qualified Covid-19 Warden was on site as part of the requirements to allow the session to go ahead.
"Following the recent government guidelines Welsh Athletics today started the process of returning to sport, working closely with Sport Wales, Cardiff Met and the Welsh Government agencies we have been able to unlock a small group of Welsh athletes returning back to sport. The programme is still very much about a safe return to sport, hence this has only been for a small group of elite welsh athletes based on the medical screening requirements for elite welsh athletes, this is the same protocol for the return to sport across all elite sport in Wales. Moving forward we will hope to see further inclusion for athletes once we are in a position to support larger numbers in line with further guidelines. We are also aware of athletes being able to return to training across Wales based on the Governments guidelines with facilities now coming on line, this will offer athletes the opportunity at all levels to start to return to training, this must stay within the guidelines of the facility management, a big day for the sport stepping forward we are all at different stages please respect the guidelines and stay safe."
Chris Jones - National Coach
"It was great get back on track but as there weren't many of us there it just a shame that not everyone can be there at the moment, it'll be great once we great through this initial stage so that everyone can get back to training."
Sam Gordon - Welsh 100m Sprinter
This is the first phase of the Return to Training for the athletics community in Wales, which will hopefully more and more clubs and athletes able to return to training as facilities start to reopen with the necessary measures in place.