TASS: Winter Universiade 2021 canceled due to omicron coronavirus strain
Winter Universiade 2021 canceled due to omicron – strain of coronavirus. This is reported by TASS with reference to the International University Sports Federation (FISU).
“The decision is related to the introduction by the Swiss authorities of a mandatory 10-day quarantine for visitors from African countries,” the statement says.
< p> The competition was to be held in December 2021 in Lucerne, Switzerland. At the same time, the Universiade had already been postponed: initially it was supposed to take place in January 2021.
As part of the Universiade, competitions in ten sports were planned. Students aged 17 to 25 could take part in the tournament.
On November 26, it became known that experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) recognized the new COVID-19 strain identified in South Africa as a threat to the world. It was named after the Greek letter omicron. The WHO believes that after a series of mutations, it can affect the protein content in the body, and with such a change, current vaccines may not be as effective.