Cyclo-cross World Championships set to go ahead despite COVID-19 outbreak in Ostend

Dutch Mathieu Van Der Poel celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the men elite race of the Flandriencross the sixth stage in the Trofee Veldrijden Cyclocross competition on January 23 2021 in Hamme Photo by DAVID STOCKMAN various sources AFP Belgium OUT Photo by DAVID STOCKMANBelgaAFP via Getty Images
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The Cyclo-cross World Championships in Ostend are expected to go ahead this weekend despite an outbreak of the so-called South African variant of coronavirus in the Belgian coastal resort, with local organisers further limiting those who can attend and calling on everyone else to stay away. 

According to Belgian media reports, 15 cases of the possibly more contagious COVID-19 variant have emerged in the last few days. Ostend mayor Bart Tommelein sparked panic and disappointment on Sunday when he first suggested the World Championships could be cancelled. 

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