The following messages has been sent to the Norseman 2020 athletes.
Update #2 on Norseman and COVID-19
We in the Norseman team hope you are well despite the turbulent times we are in.
In an update to the nation from the Norwegian government yesterday it was announced that there are early signs that the lockdown imposed from March is having an effect. Still it was too early to make any conclusions so the lockdown will be extended to April 13th.
The Norseman board met last night to asses the situation. As you may be aware, yesterday it was announced that our sister races, Celtman and Swissman, both scheduled for June, has been postponed to 2021. As has the 2020 Olympics.
The pandemic is global and Norseman is a global event. The decision about what will happen with Norseman 2020, will therefore also be affected by the situation regarding the pandemic in rest of the world.
We have moved up the timeline to make a decision to proceed or not with the 2020 race, from mid May to April 16th. Immediately after this we will update you all.
If you have questions, please contact us.
Stay safe, train safe and follow advice on social distancing.
With the current situation with the COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak, and the impact that it’s having around the world, we in the Norseman team want to provide a status message from our side.
For all practical purposes, Norway closed down yesterday (March 12th). All schools, kindergartens, sports venues and cultural events have been closed/cancelled. Everyone that can have been encouraged to work from home. How hard the pandemic will hit us is still very much up in the air.
Currently Norseman is considered to be so far down the road that it at this point in time is impossible to know if we can proceed as planned or not.
For now we are continuing our work preparing for Norseman as planned. Our team will in parallel work on plan B and C. We are following the instructions from Norwegian Health Authorities as well as the advice from ITU and WHO.
We will come back with more informations when the situation stabilizes.