AusCycling | AusCycling Position Statement on International Activities Update

AusCycling Position Statement on International Activities Update

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Update September 2021

In response to the ongoing nature of the global COVID-19 pandemic, AusCycling is updating its position on international competition activities. Last updated July 2021.

Consideration has been given to a range of factors including, but not limited to, the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on:

  • The general environment and its effect on the population worldwide
  • International racing opportunities
  • Domestic and international Government travel restrictions, flight availability, and costs
  • Short and long-term health risks
  • Availability and scope of international travel insurance
  • AusCycling's duty of care towards its members and staff

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) currently advises a ban on Australian's travelling overseas. Australian citizens cannot leave Australia without an exemption from DFAT.

Additionally, with the cap on international arrivals into Australia reduced and fluctuating quarantine places in each state and territory, athletes and staff face a heightened risk of having to remain overseas for extended periods.

In reviewing the policy, AusCycling acknowledges the continued COVID-19 vaccine rollout progression both domestically and internationally, and that international competition is taking place overseas. AusCycling recognises the need for some professional and elite level riders to continue to pursue their careers.

AusCycling will not be conducting national team campaigns or projects outside of Australia before 31 January 2022 with the following possible exceptions:

  • Targeted Elite and U23 National Team activity made up of riders and staff already based overseas
  • National Team activity where there is a risk to 2024 Olympic and or Paralympic qualification

AusCycling will look to conduct alternative development activities for all riders selected to the Junior Track, Road, BMX Race and MTB National teams that were unable to attend those World Championships 2021. Due to current domestic lockdowns and travel restrictions, these activities are likely to occur in early 2022, dependent on travel restrictions in place at that time.

All riders selected for AusCycling National teams to compete in UCI International events must sign the AusCycling Endorsed Travel Informed Consent Form and or the Australian Cycling Team Covid Team Safe Policy.

AusCycling will continue to monitor the situation and will provide updates when new information is available and required.

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