As the corona situation continues, keeping Helsinki’s indoor sports facilities closed, the city has decided to provide training possibilities for professional athletes. The decision especially considered the sports that require special training circumstances, and for whom replacement facilities cannot be found, for example, in the private sector.
The athletes supported by the Finnish Olympic Committee, competing in figure skating, women’s ice hockey, artistic gymnastics, diving, wrestling, badminton, and basketball, as well as athletes of various national teams have the chance to use Salmisaari icehall (managed by the Foundation for Ice Rinks – Jääkenttäsäätiö), Mäkelänrinne Swimming Centre (managed by Sports Halls Ltd. – Urheiluhallit Oy), and the municipal sports centres in Liikuntamylly and Ruskeasuo.
All training must follow the current restrictions, and the athletes and trainers are required to commit to them. The permits and the training as a whole is coordinated by the Capital Region Sports Academy Urhea (Pääkaupunkiseudun urheiluakatemia Urhea in Finnish). Only the athletes whose names have been placed on a specific list will be eligible for the special training permit. All traffic in and out the sports facilities is regulated by the facilities’ staff.
Earlier during the pandemic, a few athletes supported by the Finnish Olympic Committee, as well as athletes in various national teams were given the permit to both Mäkelänrinne Swimming Centre and Liikuntamylly sports centre. The sports and athletes were chosen on the basis of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. All training and exercise has taken place with the direction of the trainers in controlled small groups. The permits and the training as a whole has been coordinated by the Capital Region Sports Academy Urhea.