Tony Doherty confirms 2020 Arnold Classic Australia is cancelled.
Tony Doherty has finally confirmed that the 2020 Arnold Sports Festival has been cancelled.
Doherty’s message arrived hours after Nathan De Asha published an emotional video confirming the news himself.
Nathan De Asha has had a rough start to the 2020 bodybuilding contest season.
It started when he was denied a VISA to enter the USA to compete at the 2020 Arnold Classic USA. His brush with the law on 2019 came back to haunt him and he had to skip the USA edition of the Arnold Classic.
Nathan also admits in the video that he is on the verge of quitting the sport.
Earlier Saturday (14 March, 2020), it was confirmed by the organizers that the 2020 Arnold Sports Festival South America was postponed as well.
Tony Doherty and the Arnold Sports Festival Australia organizers shorty after confirmed that the event has been cancelled as well.
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. It is with regret that we have to announce the cancellation of the Pro classes at the Arnold Classic Australia this coming week . The severe travel restrictions being imposed in many countries make it impossible to guarantee that we can get our athletes here to Australia, or to be able to return safely home . The health and safety of all involved is what has made this decision our only possible and responsible course of action with our international athletes . We await further advice regarding the expo, the amateur pro qualifier and the other many events we have planned . Things are changing every hour . At this moment, we have no official direction, guidance or correspondence from our state government . This is uncharted territory and we will do whatever possible to safeguard the health and best interests of all concerned . More to come .
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. DRAFT OFFICIAL STATEMENT It is with the deepest regret that Arnold Sports Festival Australia announces the postponement of the scheduled 2020 event in Melbourne from March 20-22nd. The rapid escalation of the COVID-19 pandemic has created an exceptional and unprecedented set of circumstances for our event. We have received guidance from the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC), and its governing body the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Trust (MCET) on behalf of the State Government of Victoria. That elements of the Victorian State Emergency Act will be enacted to ban any events over 500 people. As such, the MCEC cannot allow the event to proceed and we are left with no choice but to postpone the event. It goes without saying that this is absolutely heartbreaking for everyone involved. In the last few days we have been trying to find a way to continue even in a limited capacity, but our primary concern has been, and is, the health and welfare of the athletes competing, exhibitors, staff, our personnel, event partners and of course the tens of thousands of people attending. Arnold Sports Festival organiser Tony Doherty says “ I am devastated that we can not go ahead with the Arnold Sports Festival Australia as scheduled. Although we examined any and all options available, the health and safety of the public, our athletes and our exhibitors are of paramount importance and our primary concern. I know that that the event will be back bigger than ever. My team, our event partners and I will be working relentlessly to ensure it does ” No scheduled events will proceed at the MCEC, however pending the particulars on the enactment of the Act some scheduled sporting events may run in other locations. This is yet to be finalised, but we hope to make announcements shortly. We very much appreciate the assistance, understanding, support and cooperation of everyone involved in what has been a challenging and unprecedented time for the event. Further information regarding refunds for ticket holders , details of the rescheduled date for the event and which sporting events are to continue in other venues will be communicated in due course.