River Canoe Marathon Media Service
23 June 2020
Organisers cancel 2020 Fish
Cradock – Following the continued uncertainty around the hosting of mass
participation sporting events due to the coronavirus pandemic lockdown,
the organisers of the 2020 Fish River Canoe Marathon have taken the
decision to cancel the race scheduled for 25-26 September.
The event has become the biggest paddling event in the country and was
set to host the South African National K1 and K3 River Championships
this year, but with just over three months to go organisers have made
the decision to cancel the 38th edition of the race.
"Although South Africa is currently operating under level 3 of the
lockdown regulations, there is no indication when mass participation
events and functions will be able to start, or what the protocols will
be," chairman of the organising committee Roy Copeman said.
“We’ve also had numerous meetings and discussions with affected parties,
trying to take in all the known and unknown factors to determine our way
“Given the scale and budget of the Fish, and the impact that it has on
so many spheres of the Cradock community, we had to make a decision
now,” he added. “We strongly believe our solution is the one that
benefits our paddlers the most.”
A number of other factors have hamstrung the organisers as the majority
of the paddlers taking part travel into Cradock from outside of the
province which adds more uncertainty to the hosting of the two-day
“Cross provincial travel restrictions might potentially ease during
lockdown level two but the status of ‘hotspots’ can fluctuate and
prevent travelling between provinces any time during lockdown.
“Mass participation events will only be allowed to take place under
lockdown level 0 and we are unsure of the time-frame of the various
levels or when level 0 will happen.
“There is also uncertainty around when supporting businesses can operate
normally, such as accommodation establishments and restaurants. This has
a huge impact on our event,” he added.
Despite the cancellation the committee is still continuing with an open
mind with the option of a social Fish River Canoe Marathon still on the
table later in the year.
“If the opportunity presents itself later in the year, we will organize
a “Social Fish”.
“The possible plan will be to start Day One at Prospect and finish at
Baroda. Day Two from Knutsford to Cradock, finishing at the Cradock
“We sincerely hope that you understand this was not a decision we wanted
to make, but, we are forced to comply with the restrictions regulated by
our government,” Copeman added.
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As the coronavirus continues
to spread uncertainty around the hosting of mass participation events
the Fish River Canoe Marathon organising committee have taken the
decision to cancel the 2020 edition of the race.
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