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Athletics Australia postponing all events until at least May 1 over virus concerns

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ATHLETICS Australia has postponed all competitions and events until at least May 1, 2020.

This includes local and state cross-country, track and field and road events.
With the threat of Covid-19 impacting the health and welfare of Australians, Athletics Australia says its decision is in line with recommendations that non-essential gatherings of more than 500 people outdoors and 100 people indoors should not proceed, and social distancing measures be put in place.
Athletics Australia Chief Executive Officer Darren Gocher said the community’s health and well-being was the major concern, and athletics had a responsibility to assist authorities in limiting the spread and impact of Covid-19.
“We have an obligation to assist in slowing the peak of the pandemic and to minimise the workload of our health care professionals,” Mr Gocher said.
“This decision is consistent with the recent measures taken to safeguard our high performance athletes with the postponement of the Australian Track & Field Championships and is supported by our Member Associations.
“While athletics is a non-contact sport there are considerable measures that need to be in place to adhere to expert advice around reducing the risk of spreading the virus. We focused specifically on minimising the risk and impact on the athletics communities that we support, as well as their families. We appreciate your understanding through this difficult time.”

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