The Huntsman World Senior Games will forego its 2020 fall competition in St. George, Utah. CEO Kyle Case made the announcement today in a live YouTube broadcast to athletes and supporters. He said the organization is concerned for the health and safety of athletes and their families — the very age group most at risk from COVID-19 — sports coordinators and volunteers, the local community, and the places where athletes call home. Case also acknowledged the impact many have felt caused by pandemic including loss of family members and employment.
“We held out as long as we could,” Case states in the video below. “We waited, we analyzed, we watched the numbers. Unfortunately things aren’t going in the right direction. With COVID-19 diagnoses expanding exponentially, hospital beds filling up around the nation and the world, and death tolls rising, we felt there was only one responsible way forward.”
Registered athletes for the 2020 Games can choose from three options:
- Donate their registration fees to the Huntsman World Senior Games, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, to support its mission of encouraging healthy lifestyles among older adults,
- Receive a full refund that will be processed in September, or
- Request a coupon in the full amount of the 2020 registration fee that can be applied to the athlete’s 2021 registration.
Contact the HWSG office by phone, email or form via seniorgames.net/contact with questions or for assistance.
2021 Dates to Remember
Mark your calendar for Oct. 4-16 for the 2021 Huntsman World Senior Games. The complete sports competition schedule will be announced. Team registration opens Jan. 1, 2021. Individual registration opens Mar. 1.