Rugby League World Cup players are prohibited from shaving, sharing boots, shampooing and strapping, spitting, chewing gum, or going to the gym in certain locations.
However, Australia and New Zealand still said no because of the lack of details.
Covid-19 vaccination is not mandatory, but the tournament boss paid for Australian-based players to quarantine when they returned to the facility to state government standards after a charter flight to and from Downunder. rice field.
Kangaroos and kiwis confused the tournament and infuriated rugby league bosses because of concerns about the coronavirus and lack of detailed planning.
However, SunSport has a 74-page document detailing its multi-million pound measures and will add more in the future.
The latest briefings offered to countries detail what players can and cannot do in what is known as the Designated Sports Environment (DSE), such as training fields, gyms, changing rooms, swimming pools and offices.
The coins used by the referee before the match will be disinfected and all teams in the men’s, women’s and wheelchair tournaments will be tested twice a week.
Regular celebrations are also outlawed as follows: “Players should not shave with DSE.
“Do not share towels, clothing, water bottles, boots, headgear, security guards, etc. Do not share inhalers, olvas oil, odorous salt, lip balms, shampoos, or other toiletry products.
“Do not share disposable items such as straps. Do not spit or chew gum. Do not touch or remove the mouthguard.
“Use or participation in the gym or public pool for purposes other than official tournament purposes is prohibited. Participants may not participate in any other sporting activity that they come into contact with in any way.
“Unnecessary close contact, including hugs, pile-ons, high fives with both hands, kisses, and handshakes, is strictly prohibited, including when celebrating an attempt.
“Players must not change shirts. Celebration, prayer gatherings, team discussions and other gatherings are not allowed when not actually playing.”
It also details how players and staff travel around the world, and charter flights alone cost around £ 1 million each.
On them, people cannot move around and must always wear masks, even when sleeping.
Everyone must arrange PCR tests and quarantine when returning to Australia, where the majority of foreign players play.
However, they admit that: “RLWC2021 strongly recommends that all participants be vaccinated with the Covid-19 vaccine as soon as possible, but vaccination is not mandatory, with due consideration of medical ethics and personal choice. . “
As special hotel arrangements have been made and the report adds, the World Cup may exceed the recommendations of the UK Government. “RLWC offers charter flights to individuals traveling from Australia.
“Passengers are not allowed to leave the charter flight during refueling or are allowed to enter the private terminal space.
“Participants must wear a face cover at all times during the flight, including during sleep other than eating and drinking.
“RLWC ensures that all participants returning to Australia are provided with adequately controlled quarantine facilities, which are provided based on standards approved by the Federal Government of New South Wales. ..
“Countries need to ensure that appropriate quarantine requirements are adjusted for participants returning to countries other than Australia.
“The team will be provided with the right hotel offering, including the right biosecurity measures.
“This includes rooms on the same floor of the hotel as needed to minimize interaction with other hotel guests, private dining areas and team rooms.
“All participants traveling abroad must prove that their PCR test is negative three days before the trip or at other times required by the airline.
“RLWC will cover these costs. Upon arrival in the UK, all participants will undergo a PCR test on or before the second day of arrival. RLWC will cover these costs.
“RLWC reserves the right to strengthen biosecurity measures as needed, including enhanced testing, modified food and beverage supplies, and restrictions on travel at team hotels, training venues and match venues. May be. “
Rugby Football League president Simon Johnson described the decision as “selfish and timid,” and the Rugby League Players Association blamed the fact that it was done behind them.
SunSport has revealed that the decision to play, postpone, or cancel altogether will be made within the next few days.
Currently, the focus is on whether players from Tonga, Samoa, Fiji, Cook Islands and Papua New Guinea will withdraw.
Despite anger, the move was endorsed by Australian Sports Minister Richard Colbeck. Richard Colbeck continues to negotiate with his British counterpart, Nigel Huddleston.
He told Sun Sport: “Australia’s rugby league has done a great deal of work to find ways to overcome the obstacles to competition at this year’s World Cup.
“The decision not to send the team to the event was undoubtedly difficult.
“Ultimately, the Australian Rugby League has made a decision that puts the safety of players and staff first. The Australian Government will respect that decision.”
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