Oceania Championships will not proceed in early 2021 with details of virtual OCC Congress announced

The Oceania Cycling Confederation (OCC) advises that 2021 Oceania Cycling Championships road, track, BMX and mountain bike disciplines will not be proceeding during the early months of 2021 as originally anticipated.

Following consultation with all stakeholders, advice from Federal and State Governments and health authorities in the context of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and the absence of a Pacific travel bubble, the OCC Executive Board has resolved that the Oceania Championships cannot be held until further notice.

The OCC’s priority is the safety of all participants and communities involved in the championships as well as ensuring athletes from across the Oceania region have equal and fair access to compete. The OCC continues to work with AusCycling, Cycling New Zealand, pacific region Member Federations and all stakeholders on options for the Championships to be held later in the year.

OCC President Tracey Gaudry said, “While the Oceania Cycling Confederation is disappointed not to be announcing and holding the Oceania Championships series over the coming months it was a necessary decision based about the opportunity for athletes to participate, and the health and safety of all Championship participants.

“We express our thanks to AusCycling, Cycling New Zealand, Pacific Members, governments and partner organisations for exploring every possible option to hold the Championships across road, track, BMX and mountain bike disciplines and look forward to continuing to work with them in the future.” Gaudry concluded.

Meanwhile, for the first time the annual OCC Congress will be held virtually on 26 March 2021. The OCC Congress will incorporate the elections for President and the Executive Board, which takes place every four years.