The Board of Transplant Australia met this week to receive a status report from staff on the merits of the Australian Transplant Games, due to be held in Launceston, Tasmania, in April, 2022.
These Games had already been postponed twice due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and subsequent border closures. Key to the considerations were the health and safety of transplant recipients who would attend the Games. Financial considerations, such as the costs of flights and accommodation to the transplant community, were also important. Tasmania is due to lift its border restrictions later this month however there is still significant uncertainty over the potential impact of the new COVID-19 variant early in the New Year.
After considering all issues the Board passed the following resolution: ‘Due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, the continued uncertainty about the potential impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on athlete preparation, travel, border restrictions and other key considerations, the Board of Transplant Australia regretfully cancels the Australian Transplant Games due to be held in Launceston, Tasmania in April 2022.
Read the full statement here