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Candidates 2020 - FIDE declares "safety is our priority"

As excited as I am to watch the candidates, I fully expected it to be cancelled.

Welp, I better go make more popcorn

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THE RUSSIAN MINISTRY OF SPORT IS INTRODUCING MEASURES TO LIMIT THE IMPLEMENTATION OF MEASURES TO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF COVID-19
MARCH 16 , 2020
In order to prevent the spread of a new coronavirus infection (COVID-19) in the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Sports of Russia is taking urgent measures to limit the holding of official physical culture and sports events, including the Unified Calendar of Interregional, All-Russian and International Physical Culture Events and Sports Events.

In this regard, the Ministry of Sports of Russia made the following decisions:

1. To cancel from March 16, 2020, until further notice, the holding of all international sports events in the Russian Federation, including the participation of foreign athletes (coaches, specialists) in all-Russian sports events previously planned with foreign participation. All-Russian and regional sports federations by sports, executive authorities of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation to ensure control over the implementation of the decision.

2. To recommend limiting the holding on the territory of the Russian Federation of interregional and all-Russian sports events that are not control or qualifying for the Olympics from March 16, 2020 until further notice. All-Russian and regional sports federations by sports, executive authorities of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation to ensure control over the implementation of the decision.

3. To postpone the holding of mass physical education events, including those included in the list of official physical education events and sports events, subject to mandatory annual inclusion in the Unified Calendar of Interregional, All-Russian and International Physical Culture Events and Sports Events (hereinafter - the ETUC), as well as physical education plans events and sports events of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation and municipalities approved by order of the Government of the Russian Federation n from March 16, 2020 until further notice.

4. To prohibit attending and participating in events of various statuses included in the ETUC by athletes, coaches, and specialists from constituent entities of the Russian Federation in which quarantine is declared.

Press Service of the Ministry of Sports of Russia

In the context of Russian law, I'm curious what this means:

"including the participation of foreign athletes (coaches, specialists) in all-Russian sports events previously planned with foreign participation"

Ditto for:

"sports events, subject to mandatory annual inclusion in the Unified Calendar of Interregional, All-Russian and International Physical Culture Events and Sports Events"

This isn't a sporting event. A basketball game where there is blood and sweat and have tens of thousands of people in attendance is not the same as an 8 player tournament.

I don't think the players here are in more danger playing in Russia as opposed to staying at home.

How hard would it be just to have to players stay in their hotel rooms and play on a computer (having an arbiter in the room to ensure that no cheating happens? I think the responsible thing to do would have been just to cancel the thing, but everybody is already there.

seems like its gonna be canceled soon looking at the pictures.
fide screwed up hard on this.

@breaker90 I believe this is not the point. If a single person going there has the virus, it can be transmitted not only to the players but to people in Russia while the country has managed to contain its spread! In my opinion the president of FIDE should be fired immediately and of course the event stopped. Even if they find out later that everyone was healthy, the risk is too big.

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