Safety and wellbeing of participants remains the top priority

The FIVB can confirm that three volunteers at the Cancun Hub in Mexico have tested positive for COVID-19. The positive test results were identified as part of regular and mandatory testing in place at the event for all participants.

The three volunteers were immediately required to quarantine following their positive test results.

Those they were in close contact with were tracked, tested and subsequently isolated. All further actions will adhere to the guidelines stipulated by local health authorities.

In addition, the FIVB Medical Commission, Mexican Volleyball Association and local organiser have jointly decided to take additional, proactive prevention measures to further mitigate any risk and ensure the health and wellbeing of all participants in the Cancun Hub, which is the FIVB’s number one priority.

All 46 volunteers have been withdrawn from the second tournament and have the option to return home or stay in quarantine within the secure Cancun Hub bubble for seven days and then return home. In both cases, volunteers must produce a negative test result before being permitted to leave the bubble. The three positive cases will remain in quarantine and return home once a negative COVID-19 test result is produced after a minimum of seven days as per local guidelines.

Meanwhile, a select few key volunteers will stay in isolation and be regularly tested for the duration of the second event. They will re-join for the third event on the condition that a negative test result is produced. In the meantime, event operations will not be impacted and measures will be taken to ensure that match operations continue as normal.

Moreover, the frequency of testing will be increased from every four days to every two days for all participants including players, coaches, officials and staff.

The FIVB remains in close contact with the event organiser, Mexican Volleyball Federation and local authorities, and will continue to monitor the situation closely.

Note for Information:
The Cancun Hub consists of three back-to-back 4-star World Tour events on 16-20 April, 22-26 April and 28 April-2 May 2021 in Cancun, Mexico in a secure bubble environment.

All participants are required to produce negative test results 72 hours before their departure to Cancun and a PCR test upon arrival at the bubble is mandatory. Further in-competition antigenic tests are also mandatory for all participants on a regular basis, along with an exit PCR test before departure.

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