The COVID-19 pandemic It has not only curtailed the 2020 WRC season and limited its development to six rallies, it also threatens the next campaign. The first rallies of the 2021 calendar must decide how their events will unfold, it being foreseeable that the fans will not be able to be in the gutters in the first tests of the year. In this line, the promoter of Rally Sweden will decide before the end of the year if there will be public in its gutters and ultimately, if the health situation is complicated, if the test can go ahead on the scheduled date.
Glenn Olsson, head of Rally Sweden, explained that the test has entered a crucial phase at the organizational level for 2021. In fact, the promoter has indicated that before the end of the month it will have to communicate if the second event of the WRC next year will be played with or without an audience. In the event of being held behind closed doors, as has happened with the last three rallies of the Swedish National, andThe organizer would reserve a month to study the viability of the test and decide if the test will finally be held in February, always before Christmas to avoid additional expenses.
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In this regard, Olsson has pointed out: «We are in the process of evaluating and deciding based on the conditions we find.. If we can carry out the rally with a certain volume of public, we will have to study how it affects economically. Before Christmas we must be able to decide whether or not there will be a rally to stop the expenses that then begin to occur. The end of November is our deadline to receive the documentation and decide whether or not there will be an audience. We are watching the pandemic evolve and we are in constant contact with the authorities. It is a difficult situation, because even with permits, financing is a difficult challenge to solve».