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Teams

Welcome to Finland

Dear athletes, coaches and officials - Dear Goalball family.

A warm welcome to the IBSA Goalball European Championships (Group B) in Pajulahti Olympic and Paralympic Training Center Finland! Our goal is to create a spectacular sports events as well as a unique atmosphere in the Athletes’ Village in Pajulahti. Memories of our beautiful Finnish nature and the magical winter time will last a lifetime.

We would like to thank IBSA for this honor and great opportunity to organize IBSA Goalball European Championships (Group B) in Pajulahti.

Welcome and see you in Pajulahti!

Entries

Personal entry fee is 130€/person/day

Entry fee is intended PER PERSON in a shared DOUBLE or TRIPLE room.

Please note that accessible accommodation capacity is limited, so participants are expected to share double or triple rooms.

Each team will have one single room. (Extra single room cost 35 euros/night. Limited availability, first come first served.)

The fee covers accommodation, full board meals (from dinner on the arrival day to breakfast on departure day), ceremonies, banquet, event transportation and IBSA capitation fee.


TIMING

First step: 25th of October 2020. Fill out the first part of the official declaration form (first entry), by indicating the number of confirmed participants. After returning the first entry, we will send your NPC an invoice of the first 30% non-refundable payment. Payment terms: seven days after date of invoice.

Second step: 13th of December. Fill the final list of participants accompanied by travel and accommodation details (second entry). After returning the second entry we will send your NPC an invoice of the final 70% payment of the total entry fee. Payment terms: seven days after date of invoice.

The LOC must receive the invoiced amounts in full. This means that all bank fees are responsibility of the payer.

Please note: Because we are not using ISAS database but all entries will be by paper forms to the LOC we can't accept any late entries to classification.


PAYMENT AND CANCELLATION POLICY

The first payment 30% of the entry fee is non-refundable.*

For any cancellation after the second entry from 13th of December to 30th of December the reimbursement is 50% of the personal entry fee.

From 1st of January to 10th of January the reimbursement is 30% of personal entry fee.

Starting from 10th of January no reimbursement will be paid.

After the second entry cancellation is possible only with a medical certificate.

*In case of cancellation due to potential official COVID-19 restrictions, the submitted pre-payments will be reimbursed. A handling fee of 25€ will be deducted.

Both Pajulahti and the payer are responsible for covering their own banking fees.


COVID-19 Protocol

On arrival at the Finnish border all team members and officials will be required to present a negative COVID-19 test result, done within 72 hours of travelling. This must also be validated by a team doctor from the national federation or Paralympic Committee.

Masks must be worn and social distancing observed at all times during transit, as well as regular handwashing and sanitisation.


Once at the Pajulahti complex, teams must stay in their ‘country bubble’ for 72 hours, only leaving their rooms (wearing masks) to eat and for practice. No contact with any other countries, Local Organising Committee (LOC) staff or officials is allowed during this time. Team Managers only will be permitted to visit the hotel reception on arrival.

Organisers have carefully scheduled meal times and practice for each country to facilitate these precautions.


On 3rd of June all Pajulahti 2021 participants will be tested in a specially organised session at the Pajulahti Sports Center. Tests will be carried out at each team’s expense and results available within two hours via text message.


If all team members return negative test results, they will be allowed to compete during the opening round-robin games on 4th of  June and mix with other countries in the wider ‘goalball bubble’ according to social distancing.


If one or more team members tests positive for COVID-19, a second test will be carried out to confirm the results. If this is still positive the whole team will be required to isolate for seven days and the country will be withdrawn from competition.





Team info

Accommodation 

Pajulahti offers accommodation for up to 900 persons, including extra beds for children, in comfortable sport standard and well-equipped hotel standard rooms. Room types for all needs: single, double and family rooms.

For your convenience all accommodation, main services and sport venues are located within walking distance.

Please note that accessible accommodation capacity is limited, so participants are expected to share double or triple rooms.

Each team will have one single room. (Extra single room cost 35 euros/night. Limited availability, first come first served.)

Accommodation is included in the entry fee. Same price category for all accommodation levels. Nations are requested to submit their rooming list and LOC will finalize all accommodation arrangements.


Arrival / Airport

Delegation arrivals are expected on Friday 22nd of January 2021 at Helsinki airport. HEL airport is the biggest airport in Finland. Over 130 direct destinations in 45 countries around worldwide. LOC will provide transportation services from the airport to Pajulahti Olympic and Paralympic Training Center. For more information please visit: www.finavia.fi/en/airports/helsinki-airport


Classification and anti-doping

Please note that all MDFs must be uploaded for classification at least 6 weeks before the first day of classification. MDFs correctly completed and uploaded in time for a cancelled competition in 2020 can be used for the rescheduled event in 2021. Be careful to make sure that any additional medical tests requested by the classifiers at the previous classification are also uploaded otherwise the athlete will not be accepted.

Send necessary Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) forms straight to IBSA anti-doping@ibsasport.org

More details see www.ibsasport.org


Competition venue

Pajulahti, an outstanding sports and leisure oasis is the only Olympic and Paralympic Training Center in Finland. Area is located in eastern Lahti, on the clean lake Iso-Kukkanen, just over an hour´s drive from the capital area and twenty minutes from Lahti city center.

All accommodation, food services and sport venues are located

at Pajulahti Olympic and Paralympic Training Center.

The both competition halls have plastic floor (decoflex).


Insurance

Each NPC must ensure that all the team members of their delegations are appropriately insured, including coverage for travel, liability and accidents.


Medical support

The LOC will provide a team of medical personnel that will be present at the venues during the training and competition days. In case of severe injury the emergency ambulance service will accompany you to the nearest hospital, not more than 10min away.


Transportation service

LOC will provide transportation services from/to the airport to the Pajulahti Olympic and Paralympic Training Center.

No courtesy cars needed or will be provided.


You

No one is more important to us than YOU. If there is anything we can do to help you please just ask.