The 2021 IBSA Goalball European Championships B is scheduled to be held in Finland ©Getty Images

Teams face being ejected from next year’s International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA) Goalball European Championships B in Finnish city Lahti if a player tests positive for coronavirus.

This is one of a series of strict COVID-19 countermeasures put in place by the IBSA for the competition, which is scheduled to be held from January 27 to 31.

All teams are being asked to arrive at the Pajulahti Olympic and Paralympic Training Center on January 22 to allow athletes and officials to quarantine for 72 hours on arrival.

The IBSA said a "goalball bubble" would be established at the venue following the three-day isolation period and another round of tests.

On arrival at the Finnish boarder, all team members will likely have to present a negative COVID-19 test result that is less than 72 hours old.

Once at the Pajulahti complex, teams are required to not interact with any others for 72 hours, only leaving their rooms to eat and for practice.

Two days before the competition gets underway, the IBSA said further tests will be carried out at each team’s expense, with results available within two hours.

If one or more team members tests positive for COVID-19, a second test will be conducted to confirm the results.

Should it come back positive again, the individual would be required to isolate for seven days, the team would have to quarantine for 10 days and the country would be withdrawn from competition.

Teams will be asked to adhere to a number of rules put in place to combat coronavirus ©Getty Images
Teams will be asked to adhere to a number of rules put in place to combat coronavirus ©Getty Images

The organisation added that any team or team member found to have left the Pajulahti complex at any time during their stay would be disqualified.

Alexey Baryaev, the technical delegate for Pajulahti 2021, thanked the Organising Committee for ensuring the competition could go ahead in the safest way possible.

"IBSA Goalball hopes that teams are reassured by everything being put in place, and asks for their cooperation in protecting themselves and their friends and colleagues in the wider sport community," said Baryaev.

"Precautions should be taken before athletes and teams leave for Finland, and whilst travelling, to help minimise the risk of infection.

"These include isolating, wearing a mask and good hand and cough hygiene.

"We recognise the restrictions and requirements being put in place may present challenges, but we ask for their understanding as we all adapt to a new normal during these unprecedented times.

"We are all excited to get back on court and bring goalball back to the international stage, where it belongs."

Finland has one of Europe's lowest coronavirus infection rates, having recorded almost 22,000 cases and 375 deaths.

Afula in Israel was due to host the competition from October 15 to 22 this year only for it to be moved due to the pandemic.

Ten men's teams and eight women's sides are expected to compete in Finland, including the host nation in the women's competition.