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Games postponed

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Given the state of the world we now live in, it should come as no surprise to anyone to learn the 2020 Manitoba Summer Games have been postponed.
The games were to be held in Dauphin, Aug. 9 to 15, but will now be held, July 11 to 17, 2021.
The decision was made to keep Manitobans safe and reduce the spread of COVID-19.
A press release stated Sport Manitoba and the Dauphin host society worked with the City of Dauphin and the provincial sport organizations to reach the collective decision to postpone the event and will work with all games partners in the coming months to continue to prepare and plan for the new games date.
Host society co-chair Clayton Swanton said the decision is understandable and should come as no surprise to anyone.
“That decision had to be made,” he said, adding it was the best result they could hope for.
The postponement gives the host society more time to continue planning for the games. Swanton noted the host society was in good shape in terms of planning and being ready to host the games this year.
“But whenever you’re given an extra year, then we can just polish our venues that much more and continue moving forward,” he said.
Swanton would like to thank everyone who had volunteered for the games this summer.
“We appreciated all the support that we were getting. This decision was partly with that in mind to make sure that our volunteers continue to feel safe in a large group setting. We knew this summer wasn’t going to be it,” he said.
“We look forward to everybody’s support next year and hopefully, the world is a different place in 2021. And if it isn’t, we’ll reassess as we go forward with this.”

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Doug Zywina
REPORTER
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