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Races and meets continue to be cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The NCAA has cancelled their indoor and outdoor national championships. The Stanford Invitational is cancelled, the USATF has cancelled of their events.
“Athletics Canada’s COVID-19 Steering Committee met again yesterday afternoon, which once again included input from Athletics Canada’s Sport Science and Sports Medicine team, and the Own the Podium Sport Medicine Advisory Committee.
Athletics Canada has released new guidelines relating to COVID-19 and upcoming events and training camps.
As always, these decisions are made with the health and wellbeing of our athletes, coaches and staff, and are informed by the best scientific advice available. With the news surrounding COVID-19 constantly evolving, please check that page daily for the latest information.
U16, U18 AND U20 INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS CANCELLED”
Has cancelled their junior track and field championships and have postponed their senior championships:
Their statement reads, “Athletics Australia have taken the decision to cancel the 2020 Australian Junior (U14-U18) Track & Field Championships, which will not be re-scheduled and have postponed the 2020 Australian Senior (U20, Open and Para) Track & Field Championships to a date or dates to be determined.
With the current threat of coronavirus impacting the health and welfare of Australians, Athletics Australia has today taken guidance from the Australian & State Government’s (COAG) and other health authorities. This decision is in line with today’s recommendation that non-essential gatherings of more than 500 people should not proceed.
President Mark Arbib said; “We are all deeply distressed to have to make this decision and understand the impact this will have on our athletics community.
“Following today’s COAG recommendations and our own expert medical advice – we must put the health and safety of our athletes, officials, staff, volunteers and spectators at the forefront of all decision making. AA will endeavour to keep members informed as we move into these unchartered waters and work to qualify our athletes for Tokyo.”
Meanwhile, the Governor of Tokyo Yuriko Koike said, “cancelling the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games would be unthinkable.”
The International Olympic Committee have also reinforced their commitment to holding the Games as planned amid the coronavirus crisis.
Tokyo Yuriko Koikeew dates have been confirmed for the World Athletics Indoor Championships in Nanjing, with the rescheduled event due to take place from March 19 to 21 next year.
The Championships was one of the first major sporting events to fall victim to the coronavirus outbreak, which originated in China.
Parkruns, globally have been cancelled to at least the end of March. They sent out a statement from their UK headquarters, “We are writing to inform you that all Parkrun events in your home Parkrun’s country have been suspended with immediate effect due to the ongoing COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation. At this stage, we have cancelled events up to the end of March.”