2022 BC Winter Games canceled due to pandemic and ‘external factors’ – Smithers Interior News
The BC Winter Games in Greater Vernon have been canceled due to COVID-19 and other external factors in the province.
the BC Games Society and the Greater Vernon 2022 BC Winter Games Society made the announcement on Friday, January 14, less than six weeks before the Games start.
The organizations said organizers and stakeholders will consider whether the multi-sport event can take place in Greater Vernon in 2023.
“I recognize how devastating this news is for the athletes, coaches, volunteers and host region of Greater Vernon who have worked tirelessly to prepare for these Games,” said Melanie Mark, Minister of Tourism, Arts , Culture and Sports. “These are not easy decisions to make. I sincerely hope that these athletes’ dreams of competing at this stage can be safely realized in the near future.
The organizations said the pandemic as well as external factors including the wildfires and floods that affected British Columbia in 2021
made it “impossible” to stage the Games in a safe and memorable way.
“With so many challenges across the province this year, it has become clear that the 2022 BC Winter Games cannot take place in February,” said Greater Vernon 2022 BC President Val Trevis. Winter Games Society.
“Our Board of Directors and volunteer Chairs have worked tirelessly to bring these Games to our community and we are very disappointed for the athletes and volunteers. We are engaged in discussions to determine if there is a way forward to host these Games in the future.
The 2022 Games in Greater Vernon expected 1,800 athletes, coaches and officials from across the province, as well as up to 2,000 volunteers.
“We’re disappointed that we won’t be able to host these Games in 2022,” said Jamey Paterson, Chairman of the BC Games Society Board of Directors. “We are so grateful to the local organizers and volunteers who have put in countless hours navigating a very challenging and ever-changing landscape over the past 18 months.”
The BC Games are held every two years. Prince George is set to host the 2022 BC Summer Games and the 2024 BC Winter Games will be held in Quesnel.