Super League chiefs still hopeful for 2020

SUPER LEAGUE TRIATHLON organisers remain ‘hopeful’ that their 2020 Championship season will begin as planned in Jersey on 19 September.

Jersey is still on course to host its fourth Super League Triathlon event on 19-20 September Picture:DAVID FERGUSON
Jersey is still on course to host its fourth Super League Triathlon event on 19-20 September Picture:DAVID FERGUSON

The global franchise has so far shifted two of its qualifying events due to the coronavirus pandemic, while a further three will be under consideration in the coming weeks.

The Waterfront in St Helier – initially promoted as the first post-Olympics venue for 2020, before the Tokyo Games was moved to 2021 – has made a name for itself as the traditional the season-opener but the knock-on effects of Covid-19 have brought rise to a degree of uncertainty.

The Government of Jersey sets aside up to £250,000 a year to bring some of the world’s best triathletes to town, with the event adding over half-a-million pounds to the Island’s economy in 2018.

An SLT spokesperson said: ‘Super League Triathlon is in regular dialogue with all stakeholders regarding RBC Jersey 2020 [and] as responsible race organisers we continue to monitor the situation regarding Covid-19 and make decisions on individual events in accordance with advice from the relevant authorities.

‘We remain hopeful that Jersey 2020 will take place as planned on 19-20 September and that the event will be another huge success.

‘We do, however, recognise the difficult and uncertain times we are living in and would like to emphasise that the health and safety of our athletes, volunteers, spectators and staff is always our top priority.’

SLT’s 2020 qualifier in Salinas, Ecuador, has been moved from March to November 2020 while a visit to Tempe, Arizona has been postponed until 2021. Other preliminary events in Bali, Poznan and Ottowa are still scheduled to take place in June and July, although are also likely to be affected.

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