Above: The 2021 World Show is planned to be held in the city of Santarem, Portugal, about 60km (37 miles) from Lisbon airport. COM has agreed that Valencia is to host the 2022 show

 

WORLD SHOW ORGANISERS have accepted a proposal, backed by COM-Portugal, to move the cancelled 2021 Valencia event to Santarem in Portugal.

Registration for the event on January 22-24, 2021  opens on November 15, 2020 but the decision on whether the show will go ahead observing the latest Covid-19 regulations will be reviewed on December 15, 2020, when the entries are to be closed. COM (worldwide) will then analyse the pandemic situation, such as security measures and travel restrictions.

COM had recently received a letter from COM-Spain, announcing that, due to the Covid-19 situation in Spain, it would not be possible for them to organise the 2021 Valencia World Show in January. As C&AB reported last week (see News, October 7 issue), COM announced it would consider alternatives so that it would still be possible to stage a show in January 2021.

During this period, and with the support of COM-Portugal, the Portuguese federation FONP proposed that it could organise the World Show in accordance with the rules on hygiene in Portugal. COM’s management committee accepted the proposal during an online Zoom meeting held on October 3, and agreed to keep the same show date.

In a statement made public on COM’s Facebook page, its president Carlos Ramoa said: “We urge you to support the show as you usual [sic] do, also corresponding to the effort that the organising committee will do and the special circumstances to be faced this year. We will keep you informed at all times.”

The Portuguese organising committee has guaranteed that any payments received by breeders, national COM organisations and private operators, will be returned in full if the show has to be cancelled.

Covid-19 travel restrictions and quarantine rules are certain to have an impact on entry figures. Dorset-based Border and Frill canary breeder Simon Tammam posted in the Frill and Old Variety WhatsApp group: “Portugal is listed in the [UK’s] quarantine nations. It means that if you go to Portugal you will have to quarantine for 14 days on your return. I do not think that anyone from the UK will risk it.”

C&AB highlighted the potential world-wide travel restrictions to Mr Ramoa, who responded: “By January I am pretty sure that for the vast majority of countries a simple negative test to Covid-19 made 24 hours before travelling will be enough, and these are increasingly being made available everywhere. But let’s hope that by January we can have a completely different scenario.”

 

THE 2021 World Show entry will be made available through the SISCOM website www.conforni.com/fonpadmin from November 15 until December 15, 2020.

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