The Confederacion de Ajedrez para America Inc. (CCA) takes our role as a major sports federation to the region very seriously. The CCA Board is actively monitoring the situation with Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and we are communicating with host federations of our upcoming events and other stakeholders regarding risk mitigation strategies. These strategies include but are not limited to increased hygiene, travel guidelines and liaison with government agencies to prepare for potential cases.
While some host federations are at various stages of the planning process given the timing of their event, at the heart of our efforts is the education of persons on the steps that they can take to protect themselves and others, namely through information sharing and the adoption of the established hygiene protocols published by FIDE.
To this end, the CCA Board has endorsed the request of the Guyana Chess Federation to postpone the CARIFTA Chess Championships scheduled for April 9th to 14th, 2020, and recommends that the organizers of the following four events, scheduled between April 1st and 30th May, be postponed:
- Panamercano Seniors, Montevideo Uruguay
- 2.3.2 Sub-Zonal, San Salvador, El Salvador
- South American Junior Under 20, Salinas, Ecuador
- Continental Absolute, Santiago, Chile
The CCA Board also approved waiver of change of date penalties for the above five events and will on April 30th issue further recommendations as events unfold.
Since that the reason for the postponement is force majeure and has been declared by the World Health Organization as a pandemic, neither FIDE, nor CCA, nor the organizers can be responsible for expenses incurred by participants, including travel expenses and air tickets.
We are seeking the cooperation of all, including participants at upcoming events, to play their part in our prevention efforts.
Should an organizer decide to proceed with hosting their event, the CCA Board requires a full detailed plan on how they will guarantee the safety of participants and a guarantee from relevant government authorities that participants will be allowed to enter and leave the country. In such circumstances, the CCA nor FIDE bear any responsibility for the decision by the organizer not to postpone.