Currently, it is easier to report on events that are indeed happening than the many that are postponed or cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Athletics Australia has cancelled the Oceania and Australian 20km Race Walking Championships.

From Inside the Games

Athletics Australia has announced that the Oceania and Australian 20 Kilometres Race Walking Championships scheduled for Sunday (February 14) in Adelaide have been postponed due to a COVID-19 outbreak and border closures.

With Melbourne facing a recent COVID-19 outbreak and South Australia closing its borders, the Championships have had to be postponed.

Athletics Australia chief executive Darren Gocher said the decision was based on the health and safety of the Australian athletics community, many who were planning to travel from Melbourne to Adelaide to compete and spectate at the event.

“We understand that this news will be incredibly disappointing to athletes who have been training for the Australian 20km Race Walking Championships, however the welfare of our community must come first,” said Gocher.

“The majority of our athletes who are scheduled to compete this Sunday are travelling from Melbourne, as are our staff and technical judges who are also based there.

“We want our community to be able to get the necessary refunds on travel if they possibly can.

“We also want to make sure that everyone who was supposed to be in attendance still gets that experience, so it only makes sense for us to postpone the Championships.”

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