Update on 2020 Oceania Championships due to COVID-19
The Oceania Cycling Confederation (OCC) has been closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and can now provide a further update on 2020 Oceania Continental Championships across all disciplines.
Following ongoing consultation with all stakeholders and advice from State Governments and health authorities, the OCC Executive Board has resolved that the 2020 Oceania Road Championships and 2020 Oceania BMX Championships will not be held.
Since the cancellation of the 2020 Tour de Brisbane incorporating the 2020 Oceania Road Championships, and postponement of the 2020 Oceania BMX Championships, both originally scheduled last April, the OCC has worked with Cycling Australia and BMX Australia on alternate options for the Championships to be held in 2020.
The focus of the OCC has always been ensuring that Continental Championships are run to a professional standard with the health and safety of everyone involved the highest priority. This along with the ongoing travel restrictions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, meant a solution for these championships could not be found.
OCC President Tracey Gaudry said, “While the Oceania Cycling Confederation are disappointed not to be holding the Oceania Road and BMX Championships this year it was a necessary decision with the health and safety of all Championship participants the priority of the OCC.
“We express our thanks to Cycling Australia and BMX Australia for exploring every possible option to hold the Championships and look forward to continuing to work with them on future Oceania Championships and other events.” concluded Gaudry.
A decision on the 2020 Oceania BMX Freestyle Championships is pending with an announcement expected soon.
With a focus on ensuring a strong 2021 Championships program, the OCC will continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic with decisions on awarding 2021 Oceania Championships across all disciplines to be made in consultation with stakeholders and following Government health advice.