As expected the suspension on athletics acitviities has been extended until at least the 30th June
Following previous statements in March the Home Country Athletics Federations and UKA have confirmed that the suspension period relating specifically to athletics competition has been extended until at least the 30th June.
Athletics NI said in a statement “We have collectively taken the decision to extend the suspension of competition activity due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and in recognition that event organisers, clubs, athletes, officials and coaches need clarity, advanced notice and time to plan.”
Whilst all licensed competition events across athletics scheduled up to 30th June 2020 are suspended, out of competition acitvities remain under review and are currently suspended until 31st May 2020. Athletics NI said
“We will wait for a further announcement from the government in relation to the nationwide coronavirus lockdown period, expected during week commencing 4th May, before further reviewing and updating on the current suspension period covering all other athletics activity.”
England Athletics coach Tom Craggs said
“This news will not be a surprise to anyone in the athletics community as it reflects the wider uncertainty around how long the current lockdown measures will last. For now athletes and coaches will I am sure remain focused on staying healthy and enjoying the process of training and doing the best they can with the restrictions we have. We are lucky to be involved in a sport which still offers such mental and physical benefits at a really challenging time for all.”
The decision means any races that had not yet been cancelled or postponed in June will now not take place. The news comes amidst further doubts about the exact nature of the autumn racing calendar with the London Marathon stating that they remain open to all possibilities including an elite only race.