The further extension of the suspension includes the North Wales Champs on the 19th May. The following is a statement by Welsh Athletics. The Board of Welsh Athletics met on the 23rd March, to discuss the Corona Virus situation in relation to athletics in Wales. Following the further restrictions on movement put in place by the UK Government last night, they agreed the following updates to our previous statement issued on 17th March:
EXTENDING THE SUSPENSION OF ALL ATHLETICS ACTIVITY IN WALES TO THE 31ST MAY. [INITIALLY, THIS HAD BEEN AGREED TO THE END OF APRIL]. THIS SUSPENSION INCLUDES ALL ORGANISED ATHLETICS ACTIVITY WITH THE UK, INCLUDING ALL COMPETITIONS, FORMAL CLUB ACTIVITIES, RUNNING GROUPS, AND ALL EDUCATION ACTIVITY (COACH, OFFICIAL, TEACHER).
STRENGTHENING OUR POSITION ON COACHING ACTIVITY – WE ARE NOW MANDATING THAT ALL PHYSICAL COACHING CEASES, AND ONLY BE CONDUCTED VIA VIRTUAL MEANS DURING THIS PERIOD. BRINGING GROUPS OF PEOPLE TOGETHER TO TRAIN, HOWEVER SMALL, CAN NO LONGER BE PERMITTED UNDER THE STRICT ‘STAY AT HOME’ MEASURES IMPLEMENTED BY THE UK & WELSH GOVERNMENTS
“These decisions have not been taken lightly, and have been made in light of the continuing and real risk to life and to the NHS posed by the spread of the COVID-19 virus in Wales and the UK. We must now do all we can do. We would ask that the athletics community in Wales continues to help one another by staying connected and supportive of each other whilst at home in these unprecedented times. We will continue to review the situation in line with Government and Public Health guidance.”
Steve Perks, Chair