Another major NSW sporting event has been been cancelled in the wake of government response to the COVID-19 virus. The federal and state governments’ have banned events with more than 500 people and the annual Academy Games, due to be held in at the Hunter Academy of Sport from 3 April, will not run in 2020.

The decision was announced Regional Academies of Sport chairman Ian Robilliard. “The health and welfare of the athletes, families and staff is always our number one priority. Due to the escalating impact of the COVID-19 and the uncertainty surrounding the rapidly changing situation, the Regional Academies made the difficult collective decision to cancel its showcase annual event planned for the Hunter Region on April 3rd-5th 2020,” he said in a statement published by the Illawarra Academy of Sport.