The lack of security of Covid-19 tests
Countless politicians as well as journalists have been making the same mistakes over and over again on some points for a long time. One of them is to speak or write about a so-called “return to normalcy”. This is total senseless and leads often to misunderstanding. As experts have been emphasizing since spring last year, at least in the coming years there will be no everyday life as we knew it (until the beginning of 2020). The same applies to the completely lack of security of Covid-19 tests. This is a pure illusion. Invented and mentioned again and again to justify something that shouldn’t actually be. Namely, to use this as a free pass, for example to travel by air, or to attend events with many people.
One example – FC Bayern player Thomas Müller
Two players were not even allowed to enter Doha because their Covid tests showed a positive result when Bayern went to the desert state. Before the final of the Club World Cup in the evening, the bad news came: Thomas Müller as one of the most important team members of the traditional club had also tested positive. When the first report was made, it was unclear whether other players were affected, as reported. We pointed out some time ago: Corona tests are pure momentary recordings. A few minutes or hours after someone was still negative, i.e. virus-free, they can become infected. In principle, the currently popular test certificates are rarely worth the paper on which they were printed.
The questionability and the danger of tests and races in Losail
The example from the Australian Open showed a problem that the people of the Dorna had evidently missed. To put it bluntly, the outcome of the tournament is already of minor sporting value before the first ball has been played. Unfortunately, one infected person had traveled on the same plane with a large number of players. As a result, those affected had to be in strict quarantine for 2 weeks. The absolute stars of the scene, who were even housed in a completely different location, were abselutely priviledged on the other hand. They could train freely, while most of their unfortunate colleagues in the hotel room could only keep themselves fit by jumping rope and similar exercises. Regardless of who wins the first Grand Slam tournament of the year, there is a serious flaw in his title. FIM and Dorna are now taking just such a risk with their MotoGP calendar.
At least some consolation for the MotoGP season 2021 remains
In comparison to the previous year, despite all the unnecessary risk, the season opener in Qatar is also a great consolation. This time, unlike last year, the skewers will definitely be the same or at least similarly long. We remember well when the lockdown came early in Austria, as we were guests there more or less by chance. We did well and at that time, apart from selfish hamster purchasers, the majority of the population was still fairly sensible about the new situation. In the Alpine republic, the relaxation came much earlier than in Italy and Spain, where most of the teams are based.
Like at the Australian Open 2021 – unevenly distributed opportunities
The big profiteers were hardly surprising. KTM not only took advantage of this shamelessly and went on the house route in May with the support of Michelin. No, even in Brno and Misano they got priceless advantages when they were allowed to test completely legally almost everywhere as a “concession team”. Later, sports director Pit Beirer publicly made fun of the competition when he emphasized via Red Bull Media that he did not understand why their competitors had started so late in terms of their test drives. Today everyone knows the result of the unevenly distributed opportunities. Up until the first race in Misano, the KTM riders were suddenly stronger than ever. This will not happen again, also because the oranges have lost their concession status. At least this is a consolation that may apply to the MotoGP season 2021.