Adam Malysz has criticised the FIS COVID-19 testing policy ©Getty Images

Four-time Olympic ski jumping medallist Adam Malysz believes it will be "difficult" for the Polish Ski Association (PZN) to meet International Ski Federation (FIS) testing protocols due to the "huge expense" they incurred.

The 42-year-old Pole, who is director-coordinator of ski jumping and Nordic combined for PZN, has also raised questions over FIS COVID-19 prevention guidelines ahead of what he expects to be a "very strange season", as reported by Chinese news agency Xinhua.

Ski jumping’s 2020-2021 World Cup is due to start next month, with the men’s events kicking off in Wisla in Poland.

Anyone looking to attend the event must present a negative COVID-19 test before arriving, log their whereabouts for the past 14 days and complete a health questionnaire.

The FIS says it is "expected that all population groups and persons make their own arrangements to have an up-to-date RT-PCR test result on arrival", with the costs "carried by the person or responsible group".

But Malysz - a four-time overall winner of the World Cup - has criticised the FIS guidelines.

"International Ski Federation (FIS) wants to do everything to play the season," Malysz said.

"They recommend ski jumpers to be tested before each competition, but they leave the final decision to the federations.

"The Finns and the Russians have already informed us that they will require these tests.

"It's a huge expense for our federation.

"I think it will be difficult to meet these guidelines.

"Another question is what we should do when one of the ski jumpers would be infected.

"In that case as a federation we should send just him to be quarantined or all team?

"There is no doubt that it will be a very strange season."

The FIS COVID-19 rules state that anyone in contact with a "positive test carrier" must undertake a test and isolate until they have received their result.

Adam Malysz is a four-time Olympic medallist and four-time world champion ©Getty Images
Adam Malysz is a four-time Olympic medallist and four-time world champion ©Getty Images

Malysz claimed silver and bronze medals at Salt Lake City 2002 before earning two more silvers at Vancouver 2010.

Poland's ski jumping team are expected to be in the mix for medals at Beijing 2022.

But Malysz believes it will be difficult to predict the results of the coming season due to the coronavirus pandemic.

"I think the competitions will be played behind closed doors," said Malysz.

"We have no choice as we still have a high number of COVID-19 cases each day.

"It seems impossible to invite fans on the stands.

"The situation is hard, but I think the pandemic won't affect the level of the ski jumping competition.

"Our team does their job."

Earlier this month, the FIS Council agreed to contribute "the value of 20 per cent of respective discipline prize money per World Cup competition carried out" towards the additional health measures implemented by tournament organisers and health authorities.

According to the FIS, the maximum total of contribution would be "approximately CHF 4.4 million (£3.7 million/$4.9 million/€4.1 million)".