The prevailing crisis brought about by the novel coronavirus to various sectors of society is unprecedented. The global motorsports scene has been greatly affected by this pandemic, with premier series like Formula 1 and MotoGP indefinitely on hold.
Medical experts have warned that COVID-19 will not stop haunting global communities even after lockdown policies across the globe are eventually lifted. In these uncertain times, preventive measures must continue to be taken to avoid a resurgence of cases.
This has prompted the International Motorcycling Federation–Asia (FIM-Asia) to initiate a free webinar on the medical implications of COVID-19. The webinar will take place on Friday, April 24, 2020.
The first of its kind to be staged in the long history of motorsports, it will be open not only to FIM members, but also to racing organizations, promoters, teams, athletes, media, and fans from all over the world. “We’re inviting all FIM-Asia members and all interested in our motorsports community to participate in the webinar,” says Macky Carapiet, now on his fourth term as FIM-Asia president. Carapiet also serves as the president of the National Motorcycle Sports and Safety Association of the Philippines (NAMSSA), which spearheads the FIM-sanctioned Asia Supercross Championship in the Philippines.
The main host of the webinar is Dr. David McManus, FIM medical commission director, who is involved in addressing the health issues concerning motorcycle racing championships.
Entitled ‘Virus Crisis 2020 and its medical implications toward motorsports and other star sporting events,’ the one-hour webinar will begin with a backgrounder on COVID-19 and its symptoms, prevention, and management. Dr. McManus will then disccuss the pandemic’s implications on motorsports—risk factors, health protocols, social distancing, proper use of PPE (personal protective equipment), risk assessment, and engagement with national governments and health agencies, among others.
Dr. McManus will be conducting the seminar from Ireland. Live streaming will be available on FIM-Asia’s official Facebook page on April 24 at 6pm, Manila time.
Racing fans, mark your calendars!