The Pan Pacific Masters Games scheduled to be held in Queensland from 6-15 November have been cancelled due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic COVID-19.
In a statement, organisers said the Queensland Government’s approach to addressing the COVID-19 threat, which included anticipated ongoing restrictions on mass gatherings and COVID Safe practices through to November, restricted interstate and international travel, making the delivery of this year’s event unviable.
“As custodians of the Pan Pacific Masters Games, the team at Events Management Queensland (EMQ) is passionate about delivering a world–class masters games event,” EMQ said in a statement.
“Along with you, our participants and stakeholders, we have built these games up to become the biggest and best biennial masters games in the world.”
“Like you, we are very disappointed there will be no Pan Pacific Masters Games this year, especially after so much training and preparation has gone into it since the last edition held in November 2018.
“Our focus is now on the future. We have started the work already with our valued government and strategic partners, sports, sponsors and stakeholders to evaluate a November 2021 edition.”
EMQ hopes to be able to confirm the status of its rescheduled Games plan in the next few months.
“To those masters who have already registered for the 2020 Pan Pacific Masters Games, we will contact you directly regarding the processing of registration fee refunds in the next few weeks,” it said.
“Thank you for your patience, your understanding and your support. Stay safe and healthy. We hope to see you next year.”