PRESSRELEASE 20200821 Gotland Grand National ( GGN ) will be able to be implemented with certain restrictions the weekend of October 23-24, 2020!

PRESSRELEASE 20200821

Gotland Grand National ( GGN ) will be able to be implemented with certain restrictions the weekend of October 23-24, 2020!

The organization behind GGN can now announce that it will be a competition as planned. The company Nordic Sport & Event has together with the organizing association EMX Gotland worked out a sustainable action plan that is adapted for the pandemic Covid-19 to be able to carry out this year’s competition but without an audience in the area.

Since 11 March 2020, the organization has worked to be prepared to switch and work for a GGN again this year, if the opportunity arises. We are now pleased to announce that GGN will be held for the 37th year in a row at the historic Tofta Shooting Range.

On 13 August, the organizer met with representatives from various authorities, Region Gotland’s director of health and medical care Marie Loob, acting infection control doctor Sven Montelius, emergency doctor Eva Borin, Gotland Police Conny Johansson. The Swedish Motorcycle and Snowmobile Association – Svemo also participated in the meeting via video link through sports director Annika Pettersson and the Enduro Section’s convener Anders Ljunggren.

The group that met agrees that the organization around GGN has worked out a sustainable plan for an adapted GGN under prevailing circumstances where the participants must relate to a number of changes.

The trips to and from Gotland with accommodation have worked well during the summer months and hotels and restaurants have had close to 100% occupancy during the month of July. With experience from the summer, the trips and accommodation are judged to work even for an event like GGN.

When it comes to the ferries with Destination Gotland, they have the same approach as before and will be able to have a two-thirds occupancy to keep the distance among the passengers.

Gotland Grand National is the world’s largest enduro competition with a normal GGN year of about 3000 starting each year in October. Every year, the competition adds around 28,000 guest nights to Gotland and approximately SEK 100 million in revenue for the hospitality industry through travel, living, eating and shopping.

 

– We have been working purposefully since March to be able to adjust for the implementation of GGN. Now we are there with 64 days left until the first start. The advantage we have is that we reach and can communicate with all participants and relatives before the competition with what changes have been made so that we can implement this year’s competition, says Conny Bohlin, CEO of Nordic Sport & Event, which arranges the competition for the 8th year in a row.

 

– Nordic Sport & Event and the competition organizer EMX Gotland emphasize that should the infection increase during the autumn on Gotland, they are prepared to cancel the competition at short notice. We can not burden healthcare in October with injured drivers if the spread of infection should increase and healthcare is strained. We will follow the development every week and have a close dialogue with the authorities, says Conny Bohlin further.

 

– Niclas Larsen T.f Local Police Area Chief at the Gotland Police says that based on the information the police have received, the event does not constitute a public event, as it is not aimed at the public. As long as the event is carried out without an audience, you do not need to apply for a permit. If the organizer has the permit via the County Administrative Board for off-road driving at Tofta shooting range, competition permit from the Svemo association, then we have nothing to remember, says Niclas Larsen.

 

– Niclas Larsen T.f Local Police Area Chief at the Gotland Police says that based on the information the police have received, the event does not constitute a public event, as it is not aimed at the public. As long as the event is carried out without an audience, you do not need to apply for a permit. If the organizer has the permit via the County Administrative Board for off-road driving at Tofta shooting range, competition permit from the Svemo association, then we have nothing to remember, says Niclas Larsen.

 

– Acting infection control doctor Sven Montelius has reviewed the organizer’s action plan and believes that the organizer has taken good and well-thought-out measures. The group that met agrees that the organization around GGN has worked out a plan from an infection control point of view for an adapted GGN under current circumstances where the participants must now relate to a number of changes in accordance with the Public Health Agency’s guidelines.

 

– The Swedish Motorcycle Association (Svemo) and the organizer have throughout the summer had a close dialogue about the implementation and how the changes around depots, check-in, serving, start, tank loops and more would change to be adapted to follow Svemo’s guidelines for motorsport competitions. From Svemo’s side, we will be on site and ensure that the organizer follows and implements his action plan for this year’s GGN, says Anders Ljunggren from the Enduro Section.

 

For more information regarding Gotland Grand National contact.

Nordic Sport & Event AB
VD Conny Bohlin, 0708249494