Ironman's top-tier 2020 World Championships fall prey to Covid-19
Ironman, the organiser of high-profile long-distance events, has postponed two of its top-tier events planned for this autumn, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The body has now postponed the 2020 Ironman World Championship, as well as the Ironman 70.3 [half] World Championship.
The Ironman World Championship, originally set to take place in Hawaii on 10 October, will now be rescheduled for 6 February 2021, while organisers are still searching for a new date for the 70.3 World Championship.
The latter competition was due to be hosted by New Zealand on 28 and 29 November, and according to Ironman, “teams are working diligently with local and national officials and authorities to secure a date for early 2021.”
The decision to postpone both events has a come as a result of guidance from both governments relating to mass gatherings and travel restrictions, as well as the postponement of a majority of the races' qualifying events, in the face of Covid-19.
In a statement, Ironman said: “Based on these factors and circumstances beyond our control… it is clear the world championship events cannot proceed as planned in October and November respectively.”
The qualifying window for the Ironman World Championship has, as a consequence of its rescheduling, now been extended.
In March, Ironman was sold by Chinese conglomerate Dalian Wanda, which had included the property as part of its Wanda Sports Group, to Advance Publications, the US media company.
Wanda described the agreement as “a great outcome for both parties” while Advance said it was “committed to the future of the Ironman Group and believes in the long-term strength of its well-recognised brands.”
Wanda acquired Ironman parent World Triathlon Corporation from Providence in a $650-million deal back in 2015, but was prepared to listen to offers for the business after a Nasdaq listing of Wanda Sports last July raised a smaller-than-expected $190.4 million.