The Gold Coast’s major events calendar has been dealt another massive blow with confirmation the hugely popular Pan Pacific Masters Games has been cancelled.
The event, scheduled for 6 – 15 November, would have seen 16,000 athletes from over 40 countries converge on the Gold Coast.
The much-loved event allows participants to compete in over 40 sports in their age group with no qualifying standards or times to enter and would have provided another opportunity to use the facilities built for the Commonwealth Games.
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“The Queensland Government’s strong approach to addressing the COVID-19 threat which includes anticipated ongoing restrictions on mass gatherings and COVID Safe practices through to November, restricted interstate and international travel, a foreseeable inability to deliver the renowned entertainment program, negative economic and employment forecasts plus difficulties faced by host sports make the delivery of this year’s event unviable for event organisers and key stakeholders,” organisers said in a statement on Tuesday.
“Organisers are very disappointed there will be no Pan Pacific Masters Games this year, especially after so much preparation since the last edition held in November 2018.”
Plans are now being worked through to stage the event in November of 2021 with a confirmation expected in the next few months.
Anyone who has already registered for the event will be contacted directly regarding the processing of registration fee refunds in the next few weeks.