COVID-19 has interrupted country SA sports

This story is updated as of 16:10, 18/03/2020

Community cricket has been asked to cease all competitions and training in South Australia in response to the COVID-19 virus. Photo: Maggie's Photography

Community cricket has been asked to cease all competitions and training in South Australia in response to the COVID-19 virus. Photo: Maggie's Photography

As the COVID-19 virus continues to have unprecedented impacts on the everyday lives of Australians, local sport has its own part to play in limiting the effects of the disease.

Peak sporting bodies have this week begun announcing postponements and cancellations that affect all of regional SA.

Cricket

Cricket Australia has strongly recommended that all amateur cricket played within the community, including competitions and training, should cease including Community Cricket and Premier Cricket.

Cricket Australia CEO Kevin Roberts said these measures emphasise cricket's commitment to slowing the spread of the coronavirus.

"By effectively cancelling the remainder of our season, Cricket Australia is playing its part in protecting fans, players, staff, volunteers and match officials during this unprecedented global health issue," Roberts said.

"These are difficult decisions, but the right ones in the circumstances."

Soccer

Football South Australia on March 16 announced to all clubs and associations that, effective immediately, it was suspending all scheduled fixtures in the following Football South Australia administered competitions for a period of 14 days.

Football South Australia said that it intended to use the period of suspension to further consult with its clubs and associations, health experts, government and the FFA's national framework.

Netball

On March 18, in light of the federal governments announced restrictions on indoor mass gatherings exceeding 100 people and outdoor gatherings that exceed 500 people, Netball SA has recommended associations postpone the commencement of all regular winter competitions until May 31.

"Further to this, we recommend all club training and grading competitions be postponed until two weeks prior to the commencement of the season, provided government advice is adhered to and increased hygiene practices are in place at that time," Netball SA CEO Bronwyn Klei said.

Basketball

South Australian Country Basketball Executive Office Julie Anderson announced on March 16 that Country Basketball SA recommended competition did not proceed until further notice.

However, if any association makes the decision to proceed with competitions, Basketball Australia has recommended as series of extra precautions including people over the age 50 not attending and all venues installing sanitiser and/or wipes.

"These are clearly challenging times and we ask that we support each other and work together in the face of adversity," SACBCI Executive Officer Julie Anderson said.

"Your ongoing support, patience and understanding is greatly appreciated."

Bowls

Bowls South Australia on March 17 announced that all clubs and associations would have all scheduled fixtures suspended until further notice.

In addition, Bowls SA recommended that all Clubs' and Associations' training and social events should also be suspended for this period of time.

Football

SANFL today, March 17, strongly recommended that all Community Football competitions across South Australia also be postponed until May 31, including training.

The decision is consistent with the earlier postponement of the men's Statewide Super League and state talent programs as a measure to reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus.

SANFL CEO Jake Parkinson said the health and well-being of fans, players, umpires, officials and communities has been the number one priority throughout this decision-making process.

SANFL is continuing to work with all affiliated Community Football leagues to provide ongoing support during this extremely challenging time.

The local Adelaide Football League will not commence until June 13, giving the league enough time for a 9 round series.

Tennis

Effective immediately Tennis Australia and Tennis SA are postponing all tennis operated events, competitions and tournaments until further notice.

This includes State League, Lakes Junior Tennis (Mount Gambier), Metro Lawn Tennis Association, Hills Tennis Association (juniors), Mount Gambier Tennis Association and Great Southern Tennis Association.

Softball

As of March 18, Softball Australia is recommending all planned local softball competition around Australia is either cancelled or postponed to a later date.

Softball SA also recommends all softball activity is suspended immediately until further information is available.

The Softball SA Awards Night, March 29, has been cancelled and all future events or tournaments have been suspended until further notice.

Softball SA's James Harris said he had personally contacted all Association Presidents this morning to discuss the matter.

Updated as of 14:34, 18/03/2020

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