Several sporting codes and clubs are acting swiftly to postpone or cancel large-scale sporting events following the Government’s advice to reduce the risk of spreading the Covid-19.
Sport Gisborne Tairāwhiti Chief Executive, Stefan Pishief said, “We are commending these codes and clubs for heeding this call to keep our community safe, even though for many, this will come at a great cost.”
Sport Gisborne Tairāwhiti has also decided to cancel the Gisborne Herald Quarter Marathon that was scheduled for the 26th of April. If there is a chance to reschedule the Marathon for later in the year then we will explore that possibility. However, there’s too much uncertainty at the moment to start planning around a new date.
“The impact of coronavirus upon the sporting community may be far-reaching, particularly if an increasing number of events that have fewer than 500 people continue to be cancelled.”
Yesterday saw the announcement that School Sport NZ has suspended their national secondary school sporting calendar, and similarly the Gisborne Primary School Events Committee has cancelled all events for the remainder of term one.
“Some sports are continuing to run their leagues at the moment while others have postponed their seasons.”
“There’s the disappointment for our community in not being able to participate in activities that they love and that keep them healthy, however, holding events and running sporting leagues can also be a critical source of income for our sporting bodies in Tairāwhiti.”
“Adding to the problem is the risk of a reduction in national funding. We implore funders to continue their support of our sporting bodies during these challenging times.”
“Each code and club will need to ensure they are following the Government’s advice, and weigh up the level of risk that is posed and the preventative measures that can be put in place.”
“As this situation is constantly evolving, we will review information as it comes to hand and act accordingly.”
“This is a challenging time for the sporting sector, and along with the wider community, we need to support one another through this.”