EKSTRALIGA STARS ALL CLEAR OF COVID-19
PGE Ekstraliga riders, mechanics, club staff and officials have all tested negative for Covid-19 - clearing the way for a June 12 restart.
27 / 05 / 2020, 11:26
Poland’s PGE Ekstraliga took a giant stride forward in its restart efforts after riders, mechanics, club staff and officials all tested negative for Covid-19.
Nearly 500 people were tested with no positive tests – a huge victory for the competition, which is set to launch behind closed doors on June 12, with practice sessions set to get underway on Friday.
Strict controls to limit the spread of the virus have been put in place and foreign riders who do not live in Poland were required to spend two weeks in quarantine before entering Polish society.
With this period now completed, clubs gathered their riders for mass testing – costing the PGE Ekstraliga 200,000 PLN (over £40,000).
PGE Ekstraliga president Wojciech Stepniewski is delighted with the results, but insists there will be no room for complacency as teams and officials work to bring the sport back safely.
He told the league’s official website: “This is great news and we are very happy above all from a purely human point of view that all tested players, mechanics as well as club employees, functionaries and referees are all 'clean'.
“But we will not rest on our laurels and we want our sanitary regime to work well in the next stages of the thawing of Polish speedway. There is nothing else for us to do but prepare for the start of training and then PGE Ekstraliga matches.”
Measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus include matches taking place without fans, with strict limits in place on the number of workers allowed into the stadium and pit area.
Riders will be limited to one mechanic each and the body temperature of anyone entering the pits will be checked.