The Southern Alberta Recreation Association (SARA) announced Thursday the 2020 installment of the Southern Alberta Summer Games in Raymond has been cancelled amid the COVID-19 crisis.
“This decision was not made lightly,” said Terra Petryshyn , SARA’s chair
“In the 50-year history of the Games, there has never been a cancellation.”
SARA determined the health and well being of more than 2,000 athletes, plus spectators, families, volunteers and organizers were the main factors in the difficult decision.
Petryshyn says the pandemic has had a physical, emotional and financial impact on many Southern Alberta communities in very uncertain territory and planning was not feasible at this time.
“The Southern Alberta Recreation Association wishes to express our gratitude to the Town of Raymond for all of the planning that had already gone into preparing for the 2020 Southern Alberta Summer Games,” adds Petryshyn, noting that the Association will consider the Town of Raymond for the 2022 Southern Alberta Games should they be interested in hosting.
The Games were supposed to be held from July 8-11.
Athletes can now look forward to the 2021 Games in Claresholm.
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