British Gymnastics, following discussions with the Federation Internationale de Gymnastique (FIG), have made the decision to cancel the Gymnastics World Cup due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.
This decision has been made with athlete safety at the forefront of decision making, and in light of the travel restrictions that are currently in place, cancellation of the event has now been confirmed.
The event was due to be held at Utilita Arena Birmingham on 27th March behind closed doors, with gymnasts from countries around the world set to compete at one of the final Olympic qualifying events in the gymnastics calendar.
Following discussions with the FIG, delivery partners, and Public Health England, it was decided that due to the nature of the event, the challenges of staging the competition in the current climate were too great.
Matthew Greenwood, Events Director at British Gymnastics, said: “We were so looking forward to being able to stage the World Cup as a welcome return to competition for these world class gymnasts. It was also something for the gymnastics community to get excited about after such a long time with no events.
“However, having taken on board public health advice, and with the increasing impact of travel restrictions that are needed to slow the transmission of the virus across borders, although this has been a difficult decision to make, cancelling now will minimise the risks to all those involved.”
With the likelihood of increased travel restrictions in the coming weeks to combat the new variants of the virus, this is expected to dramatically reduce the ability of athletes to take part in events abroad.