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The Board of the Local Organising Committee (LOC) for the World Athletics Cross Country Championships has recommended the World Athletics Council postpone the World Athletics Cross Country Championships, which is currently scheduled to be held in Bathurst, NSW on March 20, 2021.

The recommendation is a result of biosecurity measures and travel restrictions currently in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Australia. Australian borders remain closed to international visitors.

The health and wellbeing of competitors, staff, volunteers, the local community and supporters remain the first consideration. The LOC, which is committed to the responsible planning and safe delivery of the event, intends that all international federations will be able to participate and is planning to deliver an experience befitting of a World Athletics Series event.

“Whilst extremely disappointed to be making this recommendation, Athletics Australia and the LOC remain committed to the delivery of an outstanding World Championship event, once we are confident that the best international cross country athletes can make their way to New South Wales and interstate travel is not restricted,“ said Mark Arbib, President of Athletics Australia

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Australia continues to have strict rules around the Covid-19 pandemic and social distance protocols. The borders remain shut, as they continue to deal with the impact of the virus, as does the rest of the world. According to, global numbers read as such.

Coronavirus Cases: 17,900,624

Deaths: 685,760

Recovered: 11,262,743