As the world is going into lockdown, one country after another, in a united effort to slow down the spread of corona (not to stop it, important to realize the difference), it is disheartening to see some countries pumping out WPPR tournaments in the immediate future which implies gathering of people that may be both infected (who just cant stay away from trying to get WPPRs) and people maybe infected but not knowing it yet. These tournaments and organizers apparently dont seem to care about (or really is underestimating/ignoring the goverment advice from most other countries) the common responsibility to contain the spread, and it is sad to see it when so many countries are doing all they can to slow the spreading of corona.
Also with the major tournaments in the europe and US cancelling, I feel it is necessary to at least have raised my voice and a call for IFPA to suspend all IFPA sanctioned events for at least a couple of months, until we see the factual development and when it seems common sense for all countries to accept gathering of many people, allowing the WPPR events again ona global scale. This is not an isolated issue, its global! Several sports codes around the world have done their part (sacrificing billions of Dollars in revenue) to contain the virus. The IFPA needs to do it’s part now.
Countries must of course be free to arrange tournaments without WPPRs if they want, but as IFPA is a global ranking affecting all players and countries it is a powerful force for gathering crowds of people,and in these peril times I am of the perception that it would be solidary of IFPA to as mentioned, not sanction any tournaments taking place the next couple or months or until the virus infection is under control.
Maybe I am in minority here, but I wanted to address this.
Norwegian Country Director