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COVID-19: AELTC cancels Wimbledon 2020
« on: April 03, 2020, 08:44:34 AM »
Following the widespread of the deadly coronavirus disease, Wimbledon has been cancelled for the first time since the Second World War.

Ian Hewitt, AELTC Chairman, who made this known in a statement on their official Twitter account, stated that the decision to cancel the 2020 championship was due to public health concerns linked to the coronavirus epidemic.

Hewitt said that the tough decision to cancel the Championships, which was slated to initially hold on 29 June to late July was made by the England Club chiefs at an emergency board meeting on Wednesday.

According to him, the championship has been moved to 28th June to 11 July 2021.

The statement read “It is with great regret that the Main Board of the All England Club (AELTC) and the Committee of Management of The Championships have today decided that

”The Championships 2020 will be cancelled due to public health concerns linked to the coronavirus epidemic.

”The 134th Championships will instead be staged from 28 June to 11 July 2021.

”Uppermost in our mind has been the health and safety of all of those who come together to make Wimbledon happen – the public in the UK and visitors from around the world, our players, guests, members, staff, volunteers, partners, contractors, and local residents – as well as our broader responsibility to society’s efforts to tackle this global challenge to our way of life.

”Since the emergence of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in January, we have followed guidance from the UK Government and public health authorities in relation to our year-round operations, alongside developing an understanding of the likely trajectory of the outbreak in the UK.

”This has enabled analysis of the impact of the Government restrictions on the usual commencement in April of the significant preparations required to stage The Championships, either on the original date of 29 June, or at a later date in the summer of 2020.

”These considerations are particularly related to the concerns brought about by mass gatherings and the strain on the medical and emergency services, as well as movement and travel restrictions both within the UK and around the world.

”With the likelihood that the Government’s measures will continue for many months, it is our view that we must act responsibly to protect the large numbers of people required to prepare The Championships from being at risk – from the training of ball boys and girls to thousands of officials, line judges, stewards, players, suppliers, media and contractors who convene on the AELTC Grounds – and equally to consider that the people, supplies and services legally required to stage The Championships would not be available at any point this summer, thus ruling out postponement.

”Following a series of detailed deliberations on all of the above, it is the Committee of Management’s view that cancellation of The Championships is the best decision in the interests of public health, and that being able to provide certainty by taking this decision now, rather than in several weeks, is important for everyone involved in tennis and The Championships.

”Members of the public who paid for tickets in the Wimbledon Public Ballot for this year’s Championships will have their tickets refunded and will be offered the chance to purchase tickets for the same day and court for The Championships 2021. We will be communicating directly with all ticket-holders.

“In addition, we have taken account of the impact that this decision will have on those who rely on The Championships – including the players and the tennis community in Britain and around the world – and we are developing plans to support those groups, working in partnership with the LTA and the other leadership bodies in global tennis.

”This also applies to our loyal staff, to whom we take our responsibility very seriously.

“This is a decision that we have not taken lightly, and we have done so with the highest regard for public health and the wellbeing of all those who come together to make Wimbledon happen.

”It has weighed heavily on our minds that the staging of The Championships has only been interrupted previously by World Wars but, following thorough and extensive consideration of all scenarios, we believe that it is a measure of this global crisis that it is ultimately the right decision to cancel this year’s Championships, and instead concentrate on how we can use the breadth of Wimbledon’s resources to help those in our local communities and beyond.

”Our thoughts are with all those who have been and continue to be affected by these unprecedented times.”