Swiss Rugby Union prepares for a safe Return to Competitions and Releases COVID-19 Guidelines
Swiss Domestic Rugby Competitions are set to re-start on September 12th, 2020.
Like the rest of the World, Switzerland has been impacted strongly by the Coronavirus. While all activities have experienced an impact, sports are among the activities most heavily impacted by the Virus, due to the closures, restrictions, and lock-down measures we have all experienced. Although primary health care and the saving of human lives must stay at the top of the list of priorities, sport nevertheless plays an important role in getting society back into a functioning economic and social life.
Since Monday, June 22nd, 2020, Sporting events with up to 1000 persons are officially authorized to take place, in all disciplines, including contact sport. Together with Swiss Olympic and the Federal Office of Sport (BASPO) the Swiss Rugby Union has therefore created a Return to Play concept, naturally accompanied by a concept of protection for its members and their families and communities. The concept is designed to gradually re-start our sport, all while respecting the rules issued by the Federal Office of Public Health (BAG) as well as the Federal Council, and at the same time guaranteeing Player Welfare and safety while maximizing injury prevention strategies.
A sport can not resume its activities without a federally approved concept. The Swiss Rugby Unions’ concept has been approved by the Federal Council. The Swiss Ruby Union’s Concept has presented a gradual Return to Play in 5 Phases, released in April, with the 6th phase being the full return to competitions, matches, and tournaments, as of September 2020. The concept for this 6th phase has now been released and can be found as attachments below.
Naturally, this concept will be continually adapted depending on the rules and regulations issued by the Swiss Federal Council. World Rugby, the International Federation of our sport, is also issuing sport-specific directives for a return to play, which the Swiss Rugby Union will incorporate into its technical concept.
This concept applies for adult players as well as U18 and U16, U14, and kids. For school children, this concept applies only as far as rugby activities are concerned in their club. When they are playing rugby in their primary school or in another setting, different concepts or rules may apply.
We wish all players and clubs a safe, healthy, and fun return to competitions and count on every club, player, parent, and every member of the Suisserugby family to act responsibly and take care of themselves and each other.
All Competition schedules, scores, and rankings can be found here: https://fsr.sportlomo.com/competitions/
All the documents and information regarding the Coronavirus as it relates to Swiss Rugby is posted and updated at http://www.suisserugby.com/player-welfare/coronavirus-info.html