August 7, 2020 – Everything is ready for the 305th Sinjska Alka, which will be held this Sunday in Sinj, under special epidemiological measures and corona rules.
Due to the epidemic, the Alkars trained separately, and the number of spectators in the stands has been reduced. The knights’ competition is preceded by the Bara, which is scheduled for today, and the Čoja, which runs on Saturday.
There are no tickets on sale this time around, and the only hotel in the Sinj region is almost completely filled with guests. Small renters in the Sinj region, which lives for the Alka, are also satisfied with the reservations. This year is no exception.
The last dress rehearsal before the competition was held on the Alka track in Sinj on Thursday. RTL’s Jelena Tešija was there with one of the organizers. You can see the video here.
Sinj claims they will not become a new coronavirus focus.
“Not at all, because we implemented all the recommendations and agreements we had with the national and county headquarters so that we had two groups in the preparation of the Alkars themselves, and we reduced the number of spectators to one quarter at the track. Therefore, it will be very small, almost impossible to spread infection,” said Stipe Jukic, president of the Alka Knights Society Sinj.
“We divided Alkars into two groups: groups A and B of 15 each, so we adhere to the measures. If one group becomes infected and ends up in self-isolation, there is another that can do Alka to the very end, because according to the statute, the minimum number is 11 to do Alka,” said Ivica Filipovic-Grcic.
In the end, 17 of the best were selected, among them one debutant.
To be sure no corona spreads, there will be no reception or a traditional celebration.
“All events that are otherwise in preparation of the Alka, and lead to gathering a larger number of people, have in some way been canceled,” said Jukic.
The Sinjska Alka has run since 1715, both in war and in peace, but rarely in such circumstances.
“It was rescheduled once during an epidemic, as it was during cholera in 1855, so instead it took place in October,” said Monika Vrgoc, director of the Sinj Tourist Board.
The 305th Sinjska Alka will be held on Sunday and will be followed by the entire state leadership.
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