Dear members of the World Federation for Company Sport,
Following our recent letter of April 11th, about the potential postponemen of the World Company Sports Games in Athens scheduled for next June, we have duly noted that you wish to postpone the event to after the summer.
Based on your fears, your suggestions, and your requests, we had asked the Greek organising committee to give us a few days to prepare a potential plan B.
Although we strongly hope that, in the coming weeks, the situation improves (and it will according to specialists), strong uncertainties remain, two months before the event. These fears, along with the delay of vaccination in some countries, will not allow, despite the significant efforts made by our Greek friends in recent weeks to offer a safe event, to ensure that a sufficient number of participants will join this event.
According to your wishes and willing to consider the international situation, we must resort to implementing plan B.
The success of an event of this size does not only require a perfect organisation, but also a significant number of participations. It is precisely thanks to your feedback regarding this aspect of the Games that we decided to postpone them after the end of summer.
Your feedback to our « mini survey » indicates that the best period for the organisation of these games be the first week of October, so we officially inform you that the World Company Sport Games in Athens will take place from Wednesday 6th to Sunday 10th, in October 2021.
The level of vaccination will be probably be sufficient, so we invite you to inform your teams, your clubs, your companies of this postponement. Please mobilise them, and invite them to plan training and physical preparation for competitors to safely participate.
The safety of participants and the quality of the organisation remain the main points of vigilance of the WFCS Executive Committee and of the local organising committee. The experience of the last few months prompts us to be very cautious, and, by request, our Greek friends are already working to plan all the necessary changes with the Greek national authorities in order to allow an event where pleasure will prevail.
To allow us to make extraordinary Games, to make this choice the best choice, we thank you for being our ambassadors once again. Also, all of you, officials of WFCS member federations, club managers, company managers … we ask you to register or register many of your colleagues, your athletes, to make these Games one of the first major events of the return to our normal life.
We thank you in advance to contact the local organising committee who already decided to extend registrations until 5th September 2021.
We want these games to be magnificent, we all dream of them, we need them, and therefore we thank our Greek friends for their efforts and we thank you all for your support and understanding.
Didier Besseyre, WFCS President