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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 20  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 55-56

Resuming international sporting events affected by coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic in a bio-secure bubble


1 Member of the Medical Education Unit and Institute Research Council, Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth – Deemed to be University, Ammapettai, Nellikuppam, Chengalpet District, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth – Deemed to be University, Ammapettai, Nellikuppam, Chengalpet District, Tamil Nadu, India

Date of Submission22-Sep-2020
Date of Acceptance03-Nov-2020
Date of Web Publication20-Jan-2021

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Saurabh RamBihariLal Shrivastava
Professor, Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth (SBV) – Deemed to be University, Tiruporur - Guduvancherry Main Road, Ammapettai, Nellikuppam, Chengalpet District - 603 108, Tamil Nadu
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DOI: 10.4103/sjsm.sjsm_27_20

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  Abstract 

The coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has disrupted the entire calendar of sporting events in the year 2020. However, after a break of more than 4 months, international cricket resumed in England, followed by conduction of football and other cricketing events. The success of these events could be attributed to the "bio-secure bubble", which has ensured the safety of the players as well as the people who are involved in the organization of the event. The bio-bubble refers to the new protocol, which has been associated with a sporting event and wherein all people related to the event remains isolated from the outside world. In conclusion, the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all the sporting events and there has been a sense of fear among players and organizers. The creation of bio-secure bubbles in hotels, training sessions, recreation places, transportation and matches have made it possible for the events to occur and should be strictly adhered for the safety of everyone.

Keywords: Bio-secure bubble, COVID-19 pandemic, sports


How to cite this article:
Shrivastava SR, Shrivastava PS. Resuming international sporting events affected by coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic in a bio-secure bubble. Saudi J Sports Med 2020;20:55-6

How to cite this URL:
Shrivastava SR, Shrivastava PS. Resuming international sporting events affected by coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic in a bio-secure bubble. Saudi J Sports Med [serial online] 2020 [cited 2021 Mar 6];20:55-6. Available from: https://www.sjosm.org/text.asp?2020/20/2/55/307521




  Introduction Top


The coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has disrupted the entire calendar of sporting events in the year 2020 owing to the fact that the disease is transmitted through close contacts and through droplets.[1] In order to reduce the incidence of disease and to interrupt the chain of transmission, physical distancing has been strongly recommended and thus most of the sporting events were either postponed or cancelled.[1],[2] As per the available evidence, it has been reported that a total of 30,055,710 cases has been reported on the global scale, while 943,433 patients have succumbed to the infection across the 216 affected nations and territories.


  Sports Events Organized During COVID-19 Pandemic Top


However, after a break of more than 4 months, international cricket resumed in England, with the nation first hosting West Indies, followed by Pakistan and then Australia.[3] The football events in the European nation also began, the Caribbean Premier League and United States Open were also successfully conducted. Moreover, the Indian Premiere League has also begun in the United Arab Emirates and the plan is to conduct French Open 2020 and Indian Super League as well in the coming days. The success of these events could be attributed to the “bio-secure bubble,” which has ensured the safety of the players as well as the people who are involved in the organization of the event.[3]


  COVID-19 and the Bio-Bubble Top


The bio-bubble refers to the new protocol, which has been associated with a sporting event and wherein all people related to the event remains isolated from the outside world.[3] The mandatory requirement is that teams and staff members (such as ground staff, broadcast team, hotel staff, and security personnel) remain in the hotel for the entire duration of the event and are being taken to the practice or real games only in the earmarked vehicles.[3],[4] All these peopled enter the bio-bubble only after testing negative for the disease. In addition, the involved staff and players are regularly tested and also monitored for temperature on a periodical basis.[3],[4]


  Specific Instructions Top


Further, players are being requested to avoid common areas and preferably have their food within their individual rooms.

At the same time, physical distancing and wearing masks is a must while interacting with others.[3],[4] Moreover, the place for recreation or salon or anything else should be also selected well in advance and no one outside the bubble is allowed to enter. Specific measures have also been specified for those people who disobey the rules specified in the maintenance of bio-bubble and the terms and conditions which must be met before they are allowed to enter the bubble again.[3]


  Additional Recommendations Top


The players have been instructed to avoid handshakes, hugs and high-fives, instead opt for fist-bumps, namaste or other forms of gestures which does not encourage physical contact.[1],[4] In order to strengthen the entire process, technology has also been roped in, which has enabled the detection of any COVID-19 suspects in real time, expedite contact tracing and even aid in the process of laboratory testing.[3] In addition, crowds have not been allowed to be a part of the event and all these measures have been done to minimize the risk of infection.[3]


  Conclusion Top


In conclusion, the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all the sporting events and there has been a sense of fear among players and organizers. The creation of bio secure bubbles in hotels, training sessions, recreation places, transportation, and matches have made it possible for the events to occur and should be strictly adhered for the safety of everyone.

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  References Top

1.
Wong AY, Ling SK, Louie LH, Law GY, So RC, Lee DC, et al. Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on sports and exercise. Asia Pac J Sports Med Arthrosc Rehabil Technol 2020;22:39-44.  Back to cited text no. 1
    
2.
World Health Organization. Weekly Operational Update on COVID-19. 18 September 2020; 2020. Available from: https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/situation-reports/wou-18-september-2020-cleared.pdf?sfvrsn=be6111c8_2. [Last accessed on 2020 Sep 22].  Back to cited text no. 2
    
3.
The Hindu. Decoding the bio-bubble: The invisible shield changing the dynamics of sport; 2020. Available from: https://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/technology/tech-of-bio-bubble-invisible-shield-changing-dynamic-of-sport-covid19/article32544361.ece. [Last accessed on 2020 Sep 22].  Back to cited text no. 3
    
4.
Jukic I, Calleja-González J, Cos F, Cuzzolin F, Olmo J, Terrados N, et al. Strategies and solutions for team sports athletes in isolation due to COVID-19. Sports (Basel) 2020;8:56.  Back to cited text no. 4
    




 

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