Another major wheelchair sports event has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic
Late Thursday afternoon, the United States Quad Rugby Association (USQRA) Board of Directors issued a press release saying it has canceled the 2020 USQRA National Championships, which were set for March 27-29 in Rockford, Ill., due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
According to the release, the board and national tournament host, Oscar Mike, spent time investigating the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization. They also talked with local representatives from the Winnebago County Health Department, the City of Rockford, the Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Rockford Park District and concluded that they couldn’t go forward with previous plans to host the tournament.
“Many of our athletes have compromised respiratory systems, and at no point do we want to be responsible for enabling the possible harm, hospitalization, and in the worst case scenario, potential death of a participant or anyone attending this tournament,” the USQRA board says in the release. “In the end, the only right decision to make, in order to keep our athletes and all those involved with the national tournament safe, was to cancel the tournament.”
The Winnebago County Health Department and the City of Rockford are suspending non-essential events and gatherings as a way to reduce and prevent community transmission of the coronavirus. Public events were categorized as gatherings with more than 25 people attending. The UW Health Sports Factory is also closed until further notice.
For more information, visit usqra.org.