Note: the following was transcribed from hardcopy. For an official
copy of the letter (there is also a Japanese version) please contact
Tanaka sensei. Team USA members will also receive a copy.
TO: IKF Officers
Presidents of the 12WKC Particpating Organizations
Notes on the SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) epidemic
The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued advisories with regard
to the SARS epidemic that is prevailing in some Asian countries as well
as some other parts of the world. Glasgow of Great Britain where the
12WKC is to be held is not included in the SARS affected area at present,
and hence, IKF currently intends to run the 12WKC program as originally
We understand that most of the participants will enter Great Britain on
international airlines and that some of the WKC participating organizations
may come from countries/areas that are designated as SARS affected areas
by WHO. IKF therefore would like to ask your understanding and cooperation
in the following matters so that the health protection of all 12WKC
participants can be ensured.
It has been reported that the SARS virus is spread by close person-to-person
contact, such as through the direct contact with infectious material (for
instance, respiratory secrections) from someone with SARS. Most of the
patients recuperate by appropriate medical treatments. However, as no
efficacious treatment regimen for SARS is established, it is necessary for
everyone to pay close attention not to be exposed to SARS virus.
Besides the competitors, many other people such as IKF officers, referees,
operational staff, Dan examinees and spectators, may enter Great Britain
from each country. We would appreciate it if you could kindly distribute
the above information to all the people who may belong to your group.
- On leaving your country and on arrival in Great Britain
Currently no restrictions are imposed on the travel to Great Britain
from any countries or areas.
However, it is quite possible that the entry to Great Britain is
restricted or that more severe quarantines is imposed at the British
airport prior to the 12WKC, depending on the situations of your country
or the immigration policies of Great Britain.
Therefore, you are advised to pay careful attention to the overseas
travel information that is announced by the authorities concerned of
your own country. You are also advised to keep your eyes on the
immigration information issued by the U.K. authorities and also the
information provided by the hosting organization BKA. To obtain most
updated travel information, you are advised to contact the British
Embassy (Consulate) in your country or the foreign affairs/health
authorities of your country.
Persons departing from areas with recent local transmission are advised
to be screened for possible SARS at the point of departure, WHO
If passengers develped any symptoms of SARS before boarding or on board
they will not be allowed to enter Great Britain and must follow the
directions by the quarantine office and/or the airline.
If it is required, the delegation members may contact their doctors or
national health authorities to obtain a bill of health within 10 days
All participating organizations are asked at their own responsibility
to obtain the latest information on the restrictions of departure from
your country and the entry to Great Britain.
- Heath care concerning the delegation members
We would like to remind you that each delegation is responsible for the
health care of its own delegation members before/after and throughout
the 12WKC time period. You may take actions that are considered to be
effective for prevention or early detection of SARS: gargling, hand
washing, mask wearing at the airport/on board, disinfection and
temperature taking. You are also adgvised to take good care of your
health with adequate sleep and balanced diet.
Those who had a contact with possible SARS cases within 10 days of
departure should not undertake travel.
- In case a member of your delegation developed any symptoms of SARS
During the WKC period, if any members of your delegation developed
one or more symptioms of SARS as below, you are requested to report
it to the 12WKC headquarters (IKF and BKA) immediately. THey will be
isolated and hospitalized following the instructions by the British
Symptoms of SARS
In addition, those who had contact with anyone who has SARS or those who
have been in an area where there has been recent local transmission of
SARS in the last 10 days before entering Great Britain must also report
to the health authorities.
- Temperature above 38 degrees Celsius (above 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit)
- Any of breathing problems: dry cough, shortness of breath or breathing
If a SARS case was found (including a suspected case) among the WKC
participants during or prior to WKC, the WKC events could be discontinued
or the whole events could be suspended. In that case, all delegations
are requested to follw the instructions of the WKC Headquarters (IKF and
BKA) and the British authorities. In addition, in case of SARS outbreak,
the patient and those who have had a contact with that patient could be
isolated in Great Britain for a certain period. You are requested to
follow the directions by the British authorities in this case.
- Measures taken by IKF and the hosting organization, BKA, against possible
As the organizer of the 12WKC, IKF will pay special attention to the
safety and the human rights of all participants and will take every
possible step corresponding to the situation.
The hosting organization, BKA, will take care to the sanitation of the
venues in close contact with the British authorities concerned, and will
take appropriate measures in collaboration with the Glasgow City
authorities and the medical institutions if there was any suspected SARS
case among the participants. BKA confirms appropriate hospitals and the
ways of transportation in advance.
IKF Secretary General