#Whitehorse2020ArcticWinterGamesCancelled; #Yukon; #FearOfCoronavirus
Yukon, Mar 8 (Canadian-Media): An announcement was made by Dr. Catherine Elliott, Yukon's acting chief medical officer of health, at a news conference Saturday in Whitehorse regarding cancellation of the Whitehorse 2020 Arctic Winter Games scheduled to run March 15-21 in Yukon's capital due to concerns about the novel coronavirus, media reports said.
Whitehorse 2020 Arctic Winter Games. Image credit: Facebook
"There was no scenario under which we felt it was safe to conduct the Arctic Winter Games," said Elliott
"I'm making this recommendation out of concern for the health and safety of Yukoners, of all athletes, of staff, of volunteers, and of families."
About 2,000 athletes from around the world — including Russia, Greenland, Finland and Norway, as well as Yukon, Nunavut, Nunavik, Northwest Territories, northern Alberta and Alaska — were supposed to attend.
Although the risk assessment at the beginning of the week was promising, said Elliott, but that changed by Friday due to the degree of uncertainty of the global spread.
Yukon Premier Sandy Silver also said cancelling the competition was a tough decision but a responsible move.