SUSPENSION OF ATHLETICS COMPETITION EXTENDED TO 30 JUNE 2020
Following previous statements, Welsh Athletics, in collaboration with the other Home Country Athletics Federations and UKA, can confirm that the suspension period relating specifically to athletics competition has been extended until at least the 30 June.
We have collectively taken the decision to extend the suspension of competition activity due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and in recognition that event organisers, clubs, athletes, officials and coaches need clarity, advanced notice and time to plan.
We continue to closely monitor the situation and engage in dialogue with our members. It was clear that our competition providers needed clarity to enable them to plan, and hopefully an early decision on competitions in June will enable this to be the case.’
James Williams, Interim Chief Executive
Whilst all licensed competition events across athletics scheduled up to 30 June 2020 are suspended, we will continue to review the wider suspension of all other athletics activity outside of competition (currently set to 31 May 2020). We will wait for a further announcement from the UK government in relation to the nationwide coronavirus lockdown period, expected during the week commencing 4 May, before further reviewing and updating on the current suspension period covering all other athletics activity.
We have launched our first Virtual Challenge – a 5k to be completed on the weekend of what would have been the Welsh 5k Championships, and we are continuing to speak to the community and event partners about other virtual offerings we can provide. We are providing a wide range of advice and ideas for home workouts, and ongoing support for Coaches and Officials at this time - links to all the latest things related to the lockdown situation are available here. We've also produced a set of FAQs on the situation FAQS V2 and guidance on running while maintaining social distancing: ENGLISH | CYMRAEG. Welsh Athletics continues to stress the importance of following UK government guidelines in relation to restrictions of movement, social distancing and out-of-home exercise.