Two of Ireland's top international athletics meetings - the BAM Cork City Sports and the Morton Games - have been postponed until 2022.
The two high profile international track and field meets which were postponed in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic were rescheduled and set to take place on the 6th and 9th of July 2021 respectively.
Organisers have taken the difficult decision to again postpone both events due to the ongoing uncertainty surrounding current Covid-19 restrictions.
Joe Hartnett, Meeting Director, Cork City Sports said this morning: “After due consideration of the many issues surrounding COVID-19 we have decided to postpone for another year. It is our hope that 2022 will allow us to bring back International Athletics to Cork”.
Tony O’Connell, Chairman, Cork City Sports added: “We regret having to cancel this year’s meeting. We thank our sponsors and other partners for being patient during these difficult times and look forward to working together again in 2022.”
The Morton Games which commenced in 2008 has also become one of the most high-class athletics events in the country.
Morton Games Meet Director, Noel Guiden said: " Although we are very disappointed to have to announce the cancellation of Morton Games for the second successive year, really there was no other option as with so many uncertainties it made the hosting of an international meet in 2021 an impossibility.
"There is no doubt that better times lie ahead and with that in the forefront of our thoughts we look forward to the return of international athletics and the " Santry Roar" at Morton Games in the Summer of '22."
Athletics Ireland CEO Hamish Adams echoed these sentiments and acknowledged the importance of seeing the return of both events in 2022.
He said, “Athletics Ireland have long been supporters of both the Cork City Sports International Meet and the Morton Games, and we were all looking forward to what have become two unmissable dates on the athletics summer calendar. The news will come as a disappointment, but we are in no doubt that both the Bam Cork City Sports International and Morton Games will be back and showcasing our sport at its best 2022”.