Tatiara SA Masters Games set to be cancelled after Coronavirus fears

POTENTIALLY CANCELLED: The 2020 Tatiara SA Masters Games is set to be cancelled due to Coronavirus fears.
POTENTIALLY CANCELLED: The 2020 Tatiara SA Masters Games is set to be cancelled due to Coronavirus fears.

The 2020 Tatiara SA Masters Games is set to be cancelled after the event's regional organising committee recommended the games be called off due to Coronavirus.

The committee officially met this morning to consider the event in relation to the rapidly changing Coronavirus situation, which has seen numerous gatherings cancelled across the country.

At the conclusion of the meeting, members came to the decision that the games would be a health risk to those involved, and suggested that Tatiara District Council cancel April's event.

The decision wasn't made lightly, with the committee listening to the most recent advice that has been released by relevant state and federal health authorities.

"The committee's recommendation was not made lightly. It is a preventative measure to support the health and wellbeing of our participants, volunteers and the broader community," the committee stated.

"It is about helping to stem the spread of COVID-19 in the community and 'flattening the curve'."

Despite some sporting codes still taking place, the committee stated if they were to go ahead with the games, the overall product could be "diminished".

"The committee recognised that were we to go ahead with the games, they could be quite diminished," the committee stated.

"Some sports have already expressed their concerns and pulled out of the games, and we have also seen some participants cancelling their registrations amidst fears about travelling at this time."

Although the games has not been officially cancelled, the committee is already working with Sports SA to secure the games for 2022.

A special council meeting will take place at 5pm today to consider the regional organising committee's recommendation.

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