Ottawa, ON (June 11, 2020) – In partnership with the Host Organizing Committee and our Provincial Partners, Boccia Canada have made the decision to cancel the 2020 Canadian Boccia Championships which were scheduled for November 18-22 in London, ON.
Since mid-March when the COVID-19 outbreak grew in Canada, discussions have been ongoing with multiple stakeholders on the status of the Canadian Boccia Championships. From the outset, a number of conditions were required to move forward with the event. Those included ensuring the health and safety of the participants’; for all Provinces sending a team, facilities being open by July 1st to allow athletes to train; participants’ comfort level with travelling; and following public health, provincial and federal government guidelines. It has become apparent that these conditions will not be met in time for this year’s event to go ahead.
“While disappointed that we will not be able to bring the boccia community together this year for the 27th edition of the Canadian Championships, we are just not at a point where the original requirements identified can be met” noted Peter Leyser, Executive Director. “However, we are really pleased with the consultation process that took place in making this decision and grateful for the cooperation from all stakeholders.”
“Although disappointed we won’t be hosting this year, we know this is the right decision as the safety of everyone’s health is our top priority” stated Adam Dukovich and Tammy McLeod, Co-Chairs, London Organizing Committee.
London will now host the Canadian Boccia Championships in 2022, while Québec City has been named host for 2021, scheduled to be held at the Québec City Convention Centre, November 16-20. “We wish Québec City good luck in 2021 and look forward to welcoming everyone in 2022” added Dukovich and McLeod.
During these distancing times, Boccia Canada continues to engage in a number of virtual boccia programming activities. As restrictions begin to ease across the country and the organization feels comfortable in ensuring the health and safety of participants, we are considering hosting smaller, regional events, beginning in the winter.
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