Professional Squash Association uses MEDsan UK’s rapid antigen testing to protect players during World Championships in Chicago
At the recent Professional Squash Association (PSA) Squash World Championships, held from 14th to 22nd July in Chicago, coronavirus safety measures were front and centre of planning. The PSA Squash World Championships is the world’s most prestigious squash title, with squash superstars from around the globe competing.
Throughout the season, the PSA has prioritised the health and safety of players, spectators and event crew with scrupulous safety measures, including regular antigen testing. Throughout the Championships, the PSA formed an event bubble – consisting of players, referees, event staff and TV production crews, and will be implementing rapid coronavirus antigen testing from MEDsan UK to ensure the bubble stayed free from infection throughout the tournament. Appropriate measures will be taken following any positive result, including amending scheduling and following isolation guidelines.
The Practicality of Rapid Antigen Testing
Having utilised PCR testing throughout previous competitions, the PSA opted for the more practical option of rapid lateral flow tests for the testing during May’s El Gouna tournament and chose to continue with this method for the World Championships. A negative PCR test was required before arrival in Chicago, with a further one required to enter the event bubble after which a rapid antigen testing was used every four days as an additional belt-and-braces safety measure.
MEDsan UK’s rapid antigen tests were taken on site, on the day of competition, with results generated within just 20 minutes – making it a manageable and practical method to test the event bubble. MEDsan’s rapid antigen test is manufactured in Germany, with a clinical sensitivity of 92.5%.
Coronavirus Countermeasures to Protect Events from Infection
Tim Garner, Event Director of the PSA, said: “Conducting rapid antigen tests worked well for us at previous tournaments and we decided to continue this approach for the World Championships. It’s the ideal additional safety measure to keep the event bubble secure and safe, which is our main priority.”
In addition to the testing protocol, the PSA followed a range of coronavirus countermeasures, including keeping the event bubble separated and distanced from those outside, both at venues and hotels, for the duration of the competition.
Paul Hillman, CEO of MEDsan UK, said: “Rapid antigen testing is the only means to reduce the risk to the elite sports community’s professionals and the fans who support them. We’re proud to continue our relationship with the PSA after this disruptive time for global sport. The PSA are a leading example of how to run international tournaments as safely as possible.”
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