With less than a year to go, the Guernsey 2021 Island Games could be at risk of falling victim to the corona virus crisis.
The pandemic has already put a stop to some of the world's top sporting events, including the Tokyo Olympics and Wimbledon, and next year's Island Games might also take a hit.
A decision on whether the Games can go ahead or not is likely to made in the next few months.
"The member islands are due to convene again for the IIGA AGM at the end of September where, based on guidelines from the States of Guernsey and Health & Social Care, a decision will be made as to whether we are able to host the Games on their scheduled date," explained Games Director, Julia Bowditch. "This gives us time to continue with a detailed evaluation of all scenarios and will give certainty to the islands.
Pictured: The Island Games are due to take place in July next year.
"It is our hope that the Games will give all of the member island communities something to focus on and look forward to, although we appreciate that our plans may need to change. We will continue to work with the IIGA, the member islands, our sports coordinators, sponsors, volunteer teams and the States of Guernsey to ensure we deliver the best Games possible. However, the single most important consideration is one of public health and we are determined to act responsibly through the decisions we make."
Representatives from the 23 member islands were meant to come over to Guernsey last week, but had to have a virtual meeting instead, as restrictions on travel remain across many of the jurisdictions.
"Although it is not the same as having everyone here together, we are working hard to bring certainty to our plans for 2021, and getting the feedback from the member islands has been an important step in that plan," Ms Bowditch added.
The NatWest International Island Games are due to take place in Guernsey between 3 and 9 July next year, with teams from 23 islands competing across 14 different sports.
Pictured top: The Guernsey Island Games Committee held a virtual meeting with the member islands.
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