Press Release – Athletics Australia

It is with regret that Athletics Australia has made the decision to cancel the 2020 Australian Track & Field Championships for Senior, Under 20 and Para athletes.

Due to the threat of the coronavirus, the Championships were originally postponed, but with the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Paralympics and Under 20 World Championships being officially postponed and in efforts to try and flatten the curve of the pandemic the Australian Championships are now cancelled.

Athletics Australia CEO Darren Gocher said: “The situation we currently find ourselves in does not allow us to host the Championships in 2020; hopefully this decision will allow our athletes and coaches further certainty in these times,”

“We fully acknowledge and sympathise with our athletes, coaches and their families who have sacrificed so much over the past 12 months in preparation for a national championship”.

“The postponement of the Olympic, and Paralympic Games to the northern summer of 2021 and the postponement of the U20 World Championships means that our athletes now have a new goal to work towards,”

“The Australian Cross-Country Championships scheduled for August are still under consideration. We’ll be doing everything in our power to ensure that this event proceeds as scheduled, and look forward, with our Member Associations in developing a national calendar of events for next Summer.

“We are doing everything we can to keep the community aware of all the decisions that are being made in these troubling times,” Mr. Gocher said.

“We have created a platform on our website called “The Stadium” where the community can go to find out more information regarding COVID-19 and athletics.”

“The Stadium” is available here.

More details around how athletes qualify for the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, taking place in the northern summer of 2021 are still to come.