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GBPA Conchman Triathlon canceled for the first time in its history

It is said to be with a heavy heart that the Grand Bahama Conchman Committee has decided to cancel its 34th running of the Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) Conchman Triathlon, which was to be held on November 7 this year. It will be the first time in the 34-year history of the event that it will not be held.

With the recent announcements from the government of The Bahamas that it is not expected that The Bahamas’ borders will be opened before the end of October, or the beginning of November, and the restrictions being placed on sporting events, the organizing committee believes that it has no option but to cancel this year’s race.

“As is being said many times, 2020 has been an extraordinary year,” said Conchman Committee Chairman Christopher Baker. “Our race is very dependent on participation from other islands, as well as a very strong international following, and with the strict COVID guidelines, we have decided to cancel the event.

“We will look forward to the world coming out of this pandemic in 2021. I don’t suppose we shall get back to normal living as we knew it for many years, but we can hope that we can all begin to go about our daily business and especially as regards to us triathletes, that we will be able to start training and competing again in the sport we all love so much soon,” he concluded.

The committee is tentatively planning to hold a duathlon in the spring of 2021 which they feel they can run safely and within COVID-19 regulations.

The committee urges everyone to keep safe and healthy during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic, and thanks their many participants and supporters for reaching out to them daily for updates and support.

“Please stay in touch with us,” said Baker. “We encourage you to watch our social media pages for more info and above all keep practicing – we will be back.”

The GBPA Conchman Triathlon is expected to return in the not too distant future.

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