In light of the recently announced decision of the 2021 Canada Summer Games Host Society to postpone the games to 2022, Regional Chair Jim Bradley offers the following statement:
“As we all are abundantly aware, COVD-19 has had an unprecedented impact on all aspects of our society. The 2021 Canada Summer Games has not been immune to the effects of the pandemic, with the coronavirus negatively affecting the timeline for games-related construction projects, the ability to recruit volunteers and the ability to secure vital sponsorship and fundraising dollars.
The pandemic has also prevented athletes from training and qualifying in many sports, and the limitations currently in place regarding the gathering of large groups pose numerous challenges.
For these reasons, and others, I fully support the host society’s announcement to postpone the 2021 Summer Games until 2022. I believe this delay will not only ensure that Niagara will be ready to successfully host the country, but will also help alleviate some of the financial pressures being felt by the host society and all of the municipal partners.
This is a positive decision that will help guarantee that Niagara’s version of the summer games is the best it can possibly be. I want to thank all involved in making this decision, including the board of the host society and the federal and provincial governments.
I want to reiterate that we remain enthusiastic hosts for this event and continue to work in close partnership with all involved.”