El Salvador to host the ISA world surfing games from May 26 to June 6

By Eddie Galdamez
Friday, April 30th, 2021 9:18 am
El Salvador Surf
El Salvador Surf. Photo by @SecPrensaSV

El Salvador is ready to host the Surf City El Salvador ISA World Surfing Games; the highly anticipated surfing event with Olympic game implications will occur at some of the best surf spots in the country from May 29 to June 6.

“The waves of the El Tunco, El Sunzal, and La Bocana are ready to receive the world’s greatest figures in a battle unprecedented in history: the Surf City El Salvador ISA World Surfing Games 2021, to be held from May 29 to June 6″ twitted the Salvadoran government press secretary.

For this tournament, El Salvador is anticipating the participation of more than 50 countries. It is estimated that more than a thousand people will be arriving in the country; this includes athletes, families, coaching staff, and personnel accompanying the athletes.

“We are working to carry out the surfing world championship in the best possible way. This is to position El Salvador on the world surfing map,” said Morena Valdez, the Salvadoran Tourism Minister, recently. She also communicated that surfers must comply with all biosafety protocols to avoid coronavirus infections.

The May tournament was scheduled for 2020; however, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was postponed to May 2021. These world surfing games are a qualifier for the Tokyo Olympics. This tournament will award twelve places for the next Tokyo Olympic Games, distributed between seven women and five men.

The International Surfing Association ISA and the Salvadoran health minister released the health and bio-safety plan for the tournament with Special Emphasis on COVID Countermeasures.

The Health and bio-safety plan includes COVID-19 testing protocol, personnel and athlete reduction on-site, biosecurity measures, and entry and exit procedures for El Salvador, among other things.

“We are one month away from Surf City El Salvador ISA World Surfing Games 2021! The President Nayib Bukele Cabinet, together with members of the ISA surfing, are fine-tuning the last details for this historic event that will show the world that we are a biosecure destination to visit,” El Salvador Ministry of Tourism.

With these types of projects, the government of President Nayib Bukele seeks to position El Salvador as the epicenter of surfing and at the same time boost the economy of the country’s coastal area.

As part of the Surf City project, the Salvadoran government, with the Chinese government’s help, is investing millions of dollars in the area’s infrastructure.

Lastly, it is worth mentioning that this is the second time the country’s surf beaches have become an option to host an ISA World Surfing Championship.

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