President Cyril Ramaphosa's confirmation that the global
Covid-19 pandemic has been declared a state of disaster has meant the
cancellation of this week's Wimpy Lifesaving National Club Championships in Port
Ramaphosa declared any social gathering of more
than 100 people illegal in the fight to contain the virus. Lifesaving South
Africa had already undertaken discussions pre the announcement to act in the
best interests of its members and athletes and South Africans in general.
The unavoidable cancellation of the championships is
consistent with all other domestic and international competitions, which have
in the past week been cancelled or postponed.
“We have been monitoring the development of the coronavirus
pandemic and having consulted with the Department of Health, provincial and
national authorities, and with the full support of all the events sponsors and
partners, the difficult decision was made to cancel the event. The health and
safety of the athletes, volunteers, staff, sponsors and the South African
public are our priority,” said Lifesaving South Africa president Dhaya
“The safety of the South African public is of paramount importance to us at all times. Wimpy as the headline sponsor of the Lifesaving South African National Championships is in support of the cancellation of this week’s upcoming national championships," said Jacques Cronje, Marketing Executive, Famous
Craig van Rooyen, Director of Sport for Lifesaving South
Africa said: “We acknowledge the hard work and commitment that all the
athletes, officials, clubs, sponsors, the Local Organising Committee and event
management have undertaken in preparation for the event. However, we emphasise
that we are an organisation whose focus is on savings lives and we have a responsibility and commitment to the country to protect and save lives through any means
Lifesaving South Africa will in due course announce further details on the
status of the Wimpy South African Lifesaving National Champs 2020.