Manager: "Our players have been vaccinated for a long time"’s CS:GO Team Manager Andrey Lyabakin spoke about the team's readiness to participate in international LAN tournaments, the protocol of which provides for special conditions amid the coronavirus pandemic. In the commentary to Escorenews, he noted that all the players have already been vaccinated in order to be able to freely travel around the world.

Our players and staff have been vaccinated for a long time, because the club cares about the health of the team. Besides, visiting tournaments is allowed only with a certificate of vaccination.

Of course, given a large number of cases in Russia in recent weeks, we are concerned about the health and safety of the players. Although Omicron in most cases is milder than previous variants, the risk of getting sick and getting a positive PCR test result before departures is annoying. We are taking all the necessary measures to keep the players safe, but we constantly have to think about plan B, substitutions and so on.

IEM Katowice 2022 will be the next tournament for in a LAN format. According to Lyabakin, it is unlikely that this and other tournaments will be held online, but the epidemiological precautions may be strengthened.

I think that the transition to online is unlikely. Many countries have begun to gradually loosen up restrictions. Rather, it is possible that tournament organizers will simply tighten COVID protocols. As in the case of IEM Katowice, where you need to do a PCR test 24 hours before arriving at the tournament and during 3 hours after arrival in Poland (at the airport).

Earlier, PGL, which will host the next Major and the full series of the upcoming RMR events, announced that all team members, as well as other participants in the upcoming competitions, must complete a full course of vaccination. In this regard, Lyabakin announced the intentions of to be vaccinated with a foreign vaccine in addition to the Russian Sputnik V.

The information from PGL on this issue has not yet been received. But, one way or another, we plan to get vaccinated with a foreign vaccine, since not all countries accept Sputnik.

IEM Katowice 2022 will be held from February 15 to 27 at the Spodek arena in the Polish city of Katowice. will start the prestigious championship from the group stage, bypassing the Play-In.