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British Athletics Indoor Championships cancelled due to coronavirus

Jane McGuire
·1-min read
Photo credit: Stephen Pond - British Athletics - Getty Images
Photo credit: Stephen Pond - British Athletics - Getty Images

From Runner's World

  • The British Athletics Indoor Championships has been cancelled due to coronavirus concerns.

  • The event was due to take place at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow and serve as trials for the European and World Indoor Championships.

The latest in a string of elite competitions to be cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, it has been announced today February's British Athletics Indoor Championships will not take place.

In a statement, British Athletics said the decision was taken to 'ensure the safety of all those due to participate; athletes, coaches, technical officials, volunteers, event and venue staff as well as protecting the Glasgow community.'

The wider statement reads, 'British Athletics recognises our wider social responsibility to reduce COVID-19 transmission and to not over-burden the NHS. Whilst elite sport has been granted the privilege of an exemption to enable training and competition to continue, the logistics of safely staging a national championships comprising approximately 500+ attendees based across the UK and overseas need to be balanced with the risks to those involved, the local community, and the current medical climate.'

British Athletics went on to say they were looking into smaller, Covid-19 compliant event opportunities to give athletes opportunities to qualify for the European Indoor Championships, scheduled to take place at the beginning of March.

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