The VAL advises that in the light of the rapid development in recent days with respect to the Coronavirus pandemic, the decision has been made to cancel the 2020 Geelong Gift.
The decision has been made in consultation with The Geelong Gift committee, Athletics Victoria, Little Athletics Victoria, as well as using the information provide by the Department of Health and Human Services.
We have made this decision in the interests of the health and safety of our athletes, officials, volunteers, staff and general public. This is in line with the approach other sports and public events here in Australia and around the world have taken with regards to mass gatherings in past days.
While some other sports may be able to conduct their competitions with minimal risk, our athletic events require large numbers of athletes to directly and indirectly operate in close proximity to one another - notably, the constant sharing of the competition singlets.
The competition also sees the masters age group susceptible to a greater risk of the Coronavirus, and therefore we are not willing to risk the safety of these athletes.
More information about refunds and future athletic meetings will be communicated shortly. Unfortunately, we are unable to reimburse travel or accommodation costs.