Postponement of DIPC 6

Published on: 03 Feb 2021

On behalf of the Chairman of the Organizing Committee Mr. Nasser Al Neyadi, the Director of the Organizing Committee, Mr. Yousif Hassan Al Hammadi and his Deputy Mr. Mohammed Yousuf Abdul Rahman, I have to inform you with deep regret that the 6th DIPC 2020 has to be postponed to December 07th - 18th, 2021 due to the recent aggravation of the Covid 19 pandemic.

Details: Because of the appearance of the highly infectious new mutation of Covid 19 in Great Britain (B.1.1.7.) and South Africa (B.1.351), which has meanwhile become widespread and is still spreading, border closings followed, which have already been implemented in some countries, as well as further tightened entry and exit restrictions.

This also applies to the United Arab Emirates. Therefore, a meeting with the Head of the Dubai Disaster Control and representatives of the Dubai Sports Council was scheduled for yesterday, February 02nd, 2021. The three Gentlemen mentioned above took part in the meeting as representatives of the Organizing Committee 6th DIPC.

Taking into account the aggravated pandemic situation described above, the Government of the Emirate of Dubai has decided not to allow the implementation of the 6th DIPC 2020 at the moment.

We are aware that this decision brings multiple problems to those who decided to take part at the 6th DIPC. Unfortunately, what is announced in Bulletin no. 1 and no. 2, paragraph 25, section 3 (canceling on short notice), could not be prevented due to the circumstances described.

After receipt of the completed final registrations by January 15th, 2021, the Director of the Organizing Committee arranged a conference call on January 17th, 2021 to decide how to proceed, based on the pandemic situation at the time. The decision at this time (17th Jan 21) was to continue the preparations and to pursue the implementation of the 6th DIPC 2020 as planned.

Unfortunately, the decision at the time could no longer be upheld due to the worsening of the pandemic development described above.

The 25 countries/NACs who registered with the completed final registration by January 15th, 2021 (deadline) and after, for participation in the 6th DIPC 2020, have already been informed.

Now we hope that the postponed 6th DIPC 2020 can be held in December 2021 under much better conditions.

On behalf of the Organizing Committee

Best regards,

Helmut Schlecht

Deputy Head of the Technical Committee and Assistant Meet Director