These are unprecedented and challenging times, impacting across every aspect of our lives. In our sports world, events have been postponed and/or cancelled, as our priority as global citizens is to behave responsibly and contain the spread of COVID-19. Understandably but regretfully this has resulted in a knock-on effect on the 21st Maccabi Games.
This week the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced that Tokyo 2020 has been postponed to a date ‘’no later than summer 2021 (June-August)’’. This timing will clash with Maccabiah 2021 which has various implications for the event.
It is thus likely that the Maccabiah will have to be postponed. Once the new dates for the Olympics are confirmed, Maccabi World Union (MWU) will hold a teleconference with the Presidents Forum, which includes the Heads of Confederations, to discuss the impact and options. There are many factors which influence when the Games can be held and all will need to be considered as part of this consultation process.
We will communicate further once we have new information.
As South Africa begins our lockdown in a concerted effort to contain COVID-19, all Maccabi SA events scheduled for April have been postponed. Although lockdown is due to be lifted on 16 April, we believe it is prudent not to hold any activities for the rest of the month.
ALL TRIALS FOR MACCABIAH 2021 in both April and May are cancelled, as we await confirmation of a new date for the Games. Once finalised, we will revise our planning and schedule new trials. For those teams or individuals who have already been selected or invited to final trials, we will assess any implications once we have new dates and advise accordingly.
Many thanks to our dedicated team of volunteers who have worked so hard to prepare for and host trials, and to our athletes who have trained and participated. We will regroup and look forward to building a strong and inspired #TeamMaccabiSA.
Please take care, stay safe and importantly stay home during the lockdown. The Maccabi SA family extends our grateful thanks to all medical personnel and those on the frontlines who are bravely fighting this virus. We also thank all other essential work personnel who continue to provide their services so that our society may continue to function.
As per the slogan of our victorious Springboks, we are #StrongerTogether.