Welsh Indoor and Welsh XC Championships cancelled due to COVID-19
05/01/2021 00:00, In Blog / Cross Country / Track & Field /
The Welsh Government have placed Wales into Alert Level 4 for an unquantified time period due to the severity of the current COVID-19 situation. In light of this, discussions have been held regarding the viability of holding Welsh Championship events which would typically be put on during January & February.
As published in the Welsh Government’s Coronavirus Control Plan, there will be significant restrictions on the sizes of gatherings and events at both Alert Level 3 and Alert Level 2 and as such, we do not expect to be able to hold events as popular and as well-attended as Welsh Championships within these regulations.
Alongside this, athletes and their coaches sadly face another extended period of no facility access for training throughout Wales and with no group training permitted, concerns were also raised around athletes’ ability to prepare for a Championship-level event. It was therefore with a heavy heart decided by the Track & Field and Road & Cross Country committees, that the Senior and Junior Welsh Indoor Championships, and the Welsh Cross Country Championships will not take place in 2021.
“Whilst we know this news will come as a disappointment for many athletes in Wales, we must once again prioritise the National effort to protect public health. Strict restrictions on numbers are likely to remain in place in Wales as we regress through the Alert Levels, but we certainly hope that a number of competition opportunities will be on offer as and when restrictions allow. We fully appreciate the ongoing patience and support of the athletics community in Wales during these difficult times.”
Virtual competition offers remain in place, and more will be launched in the coming weeks. Keep an eye on the competitions section of the Welsh Athletics website for these offers.