The School Games National Finals event team has received confirmation of one positive case of COVID-19 in the BMX competition. We understand that this will be concerning for everyone present at the event.

As a precautionary measure, a decision has been taken today (Saturday 4th today) to cancel the remainder of the School Games BMX competition.                        

We are of course very disappointed to cancel but this is a necessary measure within our event policy and any major multi-sport event on this scale. 

Natasha Beach, Chief Medical Officer at the event, said:

“Covid remains in high levels of circulation in the general public and so it is not surprising that a case has been identified at the games. The event is being run in a COVID secure way with mask wearing and social distancing being strongly encouraged meaning we will do everything we can to reduce the chance of spread of COVID-19 at these games.

“The individual who has tested positive has now been isolated away from others.”

Steps that have been taken to mitigate the risk of transmission of COVID-19 at the School Games National Finals 2021 include:

  • mask wearing
  • social distancing and athlete bubbles
  • pre-arrival testing of all event staff and competitors
  • partnership with local public health officials
  • testing and temperature checks for all athletes and event staff on site
  • spectators replaced with live streams of the action
  • the appointment of one of Wimbledon 2021’s team doctors, Natasha Beach, as Chief Medical Officer for the even 

If you have concerns about the procedures for addressing COVID-19 cases, we would be happy to address these with you. Please contact [email protected]