Letters | Hong Kong’s quarantine policies also threaten to derail trail running scene
- Readers discuss how pandemic restrictions are affecting the organisation of an international race in November and the city’s ongoing crisis of confidence
As a person who registered to take part in the event, I received more bad news earlier this week. It is likely that only the 50km and 25km events can take place, meaning the 100km and 140km events could become virtual races.
Moreover, event organisers might not be allowed to provide food to competitors during races. This proposed measure is simply ridiculous. Even though the 50km and 25km races are relatively short races, most athletes will need to consume food during the races.
Do the government officials responsible for designing such measures genuinely believe runners eating their own food could significantly reduce the chance of spreading Covid-19? One could even argue that, if food is provided by race organisers, the risk of spreading the virus is even lower because organisers can help enforce social distancing measures when runners consume food at checkpoints.
In fact, all participants and organisers of the race need to be fully vaccinated, undergo a PCR test less than 48 hours before the race and do an antigen test on the event day. Such measures should greatly reduce the probability of having infected people attending races.
People attending indoor banquets do not need to undergo PCR or antigen tests. Are trial running races that take place outdoors really riskier than indoor banquets?
Despite losing its UTMB World Series Major race status, this year’s TransLantau is still supported by UTMB, arguably the most famous ultramarathon group in the world. Forcing the cancellation of the two longer races and implementing meaningless measures will send a negative message to people worldwide who are genuinely concerned about Hong Kong.
Wing Lee, Hung Hom
Hong Kong needs its groove back
No visitor wishes to be “greeted” by teams of people in masks and overalls overseeing a city infected by rampant fear. Like in the film How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Hong Kong desperately needs a shot of confidence, plus massive doses of inspiration, motivation and some good, positive vibes.
Hans Ebert, Wan Chai