Raft of national competitions cancelled for the year

New Zealand’s top school athletes have been dealt a further blow by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

The remainder of the national secondary school sporting events have been cancelled for the year.

Included in that are the Condor Sevens, cricket’s Gillette Cup, the national track and field championships and the touch national championships.

It follows the cancellation of September’s winter tournament week due to the mid-year lockdown.

School Sport New Zealand said in a statement it was disappointed to cancel the events.

The uncertain timeline for the move to the traffic light system made it hard to plan anything with certainty.

Therefore, current alert level restrictions would make it difficult to hold the events.

The compulsory vaccination mandate for both staff and volunteers is also yet to be fully interpreted as to how it relates to school sport.

The recent spike in Covid-19 cases in Auckland and its spread to other regions was also a factor.

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