Reopening the World 2020

Reopening Europe 2020.

/ Situation 16th May/

The COVID-19 virus epidemic situation is slowly getting better in the world.
Every fancier in the world would like to start the season.
All the federations are preparing new plans for the season, the leaders have a big responsibility.The FCI collected as must as possible information about the actual situation in the different countries in Europe.
You find this information hereunder.

If FCI receives new information, we will refresh the information immediately on our website.

Country Organization in own country Releease in foreign country Foreign Federation
Albania Yes, from end of June 15th June from Coratia Yes, from 15th June
Austria Yes, 2nd May With medical certificates in Austria and Germany Yes, with the right papers
Argentina No races, only individual trainings Not relevant Not relevant
Belgium Yes, from 13th of June Yes from France Yes
Bosnia-Herzegovina Yes Waiting for the permission from Croatia and Serbia No
Bulgaria No information No information No information
Chile Now home training, and 30 days after the end of the quarantine No No
China Yes, trainings and races No information No information
Croatia Yes We are not sure, we are still waiting for an official answer Probably yes
Czech Republic Yes, 2nd May From Slovakia have crossed the border without any problems and the pigeons have been already let out. Yes, but see, the website of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs
Denmark No information No information No information
Ecuador* No races yet No, the borders closed Maybe Columbia, if the borders will be open
France Yes, 16th May Not yet The border countries yes if the country of origin allows it.
Great-Britain Only allowed in England with other parts of the UK still in lock down. Maybe racing is possible from June From June? From June?
Germany Yes Yes, from France The borders are open, pigeons can be released in Germany, but we need to know in advance which federations want to release
Greece No information No information No information
India Racing season is from Jan to April Yes, only in Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka It depends on which foreign country
Iran* The season is over No No
Iraq* The season is over No No
Ireland No information No information No information
Italy 4th May training some regions 25th May training all country 1st of June races No Not before 15th June
Hungary 4th May trainings 18th May races Yes, Austria, Czech, Slovakia Probably yes, if these are out of Avian flu areas
Kosovo 29th May races End of June Albania and Greece Yes
Latvia No information No information No information
Lithuania Yes, races from 9th of June Yes from Latvia, Estonia and Poland Yes
Luxembourg No information No information No information
Malta Races from 1st of November No No
Moldova No information No information No information
Montenegro No Waiting for premission from Serbia No
Netherland Yes, only training. No competition is allowed until September 1st Yes in Germany and France NO. At the moment we are not allowing
North-Macedonia No From end of July from Greece No
Peru No No No
Poland Yes, 9th May trainings and races From 12th of June From 12th of June
Portugal Yes, only trainings No Perhaps
Romania 20th May Yes, from Hungary No information
Russia Yes, races from 31st of May No No
Serbia Yes,short and middle disatnce races Borders are closed again Borders are closed again
Slovakia Yes Yes, from Czech Czech-Republic, Hungary ok. Poland – problems at the border
Slovenia Yes Yes The borders are open for the EU countries
Spain No information No information No information
South Africa Not yet: different regional regulations No No
Sweden No information No information No information
Switzerland Yes, races from 16th May Yes, France, Germany Next week more info about the borders
Ukraine Yes, from 11th of May No No

* – Applicant country

XXXVII. Olympiad postponed to 2022

Dear Sport -Friends!

The COVID-19 pandemic has made a strange situation also in the pigeon sport.

In the last 6 month the most important task was to save the life of the people everywhere in the world. Each continent, each country makes a big effort to stop the virus. We can see that we are on the good way, but we understand, it is not finished because we don’t have a vaccine yet.

In these circumstances the pigeon sport suffers a severe loss everywhere in the world. The fanciers had no races anywhere, we didn’t have a chance to organize or have races. Meanwhile several national federations started the season, training and competition flights in May and in June; other federations can only organize training flights.

The Committee Director of FCI is aware that the measures taken due to the COVID-19 virus have a major impact on the 2020 race season and that not everyone will have the equal sporting opportunities.

This is the reason why the Committee Director of FCI has decided to postpone the XXXVII Olympiad
to January 2022 in Romania.

We are convinced that everyone will understand the necessity of this decision.

Regarding the other FCI events 2020:

– FCI World Championship final race will take place on September 30, 2020 in Arad, Romania

– FCI European Championship final race will take place on October 24, 2020 in Mira, Portugal.

– FCI World Best Pigeon 2020 will be organized, based on the rankings of the races 2020.

– FCI Grand Prix races 2020 – will be organized in 2020 – see website:

Now the FCI leadership and the leaders of the national federations need to reorganize a post COVID-19 pigeon sport; we need to find out how we can return to the traditional way of the pigeon sport.

The virus and the pandemic made us realize, that we aren’t alone, that we support each other!
The solidarity in our sport between the fanciers is very important!

Have a good fly in 2020!

Istvan Bardos
President, FCI


The COVID-19 virus epidemic situation coming worst everywhere in the world. Nobody knows, where is the end, how long this extraordinary period will last. In a lot of places in the world, the fanciers would like to start the season. The leaders of all federations need to be prepared, they have a big responsibility! Everyone has his own task in this situation.

The FCI strongly suggest to follow this advice in pigeon sport as well:

1. Wash your hands often.
2. Avoid getting close to people affected by acute respiratory infections.
3. Don’t touch your eyes, nose, and mouth with your hands.
4. If you sneeze or cough, cover your mouth and nose.
5. Clean surfaces with disinfectants based on chlorine or alcohol.
6. Pets don’t spread the coronavirus.
7. Avoid gatherings as much as possible.
8. The basketing responsible must use the mask and gloves.
9. The basketing responsible must enforce the minimum distance of 1 meter between the fanciers.
10. The basketing operations, where it is possible, would be best done outdoors.
11. Prepare the necessary pigeon food orders in advance.

Please be careful, take care, help each other!

Best wishes,
Istvan Bardos
President, FCI