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Oceania Championship events cancelled

Gold Coast, Australia

All 2020 Championship events, including the Polynesian Championships to be held in Nuku'alofa, have been cancelled due to CoViD-19, the Oceania Athletics Association (OAA) stated on August 26.

The decision was made after a Oceania Athletics Council Meeting on August 20.

Ongoing restrictions associated with the global pandemic and difficulties with international travel for the foreseeable future, have impacted the events.

The cancelled Championships includes:

  • Melanesian Championships, Lautoka, Fiji
  • Micronesian Championships, Saipan, Northern Marianas
  • Polynesian Championships, Nuku’alofa, Tonga
  • Oceania Half Marathon//Marathon, Gold Coast, Australia
  • Oceania Combined Event Championships, Mackay, Australia
  • Oceania Cross Country Championships, Bathurst, Australia
  • Oceania Trail Championships, Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Oceania 50km Walk Championships, Melbourne, Australia 

OAA said it did not take this decision lightly and was currently planning to be able to support athletes looking to qualify for the Tokyo 2020+1 Olympic Games and the 2022 World Championships. 

“The OAA will continue to work with all its Member Federations, World Athletics, and all other relevant stakeholders to ensure that they can support athletes and federations in this difficult time.

"It is positive that most of our federations will be able to or have completed their National Championships in 2020."

OAA stated that it prioritized the health and safety of athletes, teams, organisers, partners, media, and all concerned people, including the public.