OFFICIAL STATEMENT FIPS-M regarding Covid-19 (Corona Virus)
Luxembourg, 9th March 2020
Dear leaders of the FIPS-M member federations,
Currently Covid-19 (Corona Virus) is spreading with alarming speed and is developing into a pandemic. Many national governments take even drastic measures to avoid the spreading and thereby the increasingly rapid contamination of more and more people.
It is in this perspective, to protect our anglers, their companions, their families as well as the organizers, and to avoid contributing to a spreading of the virus, that the FIPS-M Committee has taken the following decision:
ALL FIPS-M championships that were scheduled before September 2020 are postponed to a later date. Affected by this decision are: The World Shore Angling Championship for Pairs in Troia in Portugal (scheduled from March 21 to 28, 2020), The World Boat Angling Championship for Seniors in Blankenberge in Belgium (planned from 9 May 16, 2020) and the World Boat Angling Championship for Clubs in Puerto de Salines in Spain (scheduled from July 11 to 18, 2020).
At the end of June, the FIPS-M Committee, together with the CIPS, will study the situation to take decisions regarding the Championships scheduled for the end of the year.
We hope you understand this decision that was not easy to take. But the health of us all and the protection of more vulnerable persons must be our first priority.