World Bowls Champs in Aust postponed

The coronavirus pandemic has forced the postponement of the 2020 World Bowls Championships on the Gold Coast.

World Bowls and Bowls Australia have agreed to postpone the 2020 world championships on the Gold Coast indefinitely, as the coronavirus pandemic continue to wreck havoc on the sporting landscape.

The event, which was set to be staged from May 26 - June 7, and involve 36 competing nations from around the world, was officially mothballed on Tuesday night.

World Bowls CEO Gary Smith said the decision was made with the health and safety of the public, players, staff, officials and volunteers as the primary concern.

"Given the uncertainty we face as a global community, we have made the unfortunate, but necessary action," he said.

"We believe this is the right decision to minimise the risk of public exposure to the coronavirus."

Other than the risk of public exposure, many nations have also implemented strict measures on local and international travel, including Australia, where travellers from overseas are currently being made to self-isolate for at least 14 days.

Bowls Australia boss Neil Dalrymple said both parties would continue to monitor the situation and liaise with competing countries as to the future staging of the event.

"We are fully aware that athletes, officials and others may have made travel arrangements for this event, but our overriding concern is the health and safety of all involved in the event," Dalrymple said.


AAP