Following the development of the coronavirus situation in Jordan and across the region, it is with regret that we have to inform you of the cancellation of the 2020 IAU 50 km World Championships that was planned for 27th November in Aqaba, Jordan.
The current international situation would have seriously compromised the championships as many countries are now restricting international travel, returning to quarantines and other safety measures and advising citizens to remain indoors to prevent infection. It was expected that situation would have improved around summer but this is not the case and in many countries the Covid 19 virus infection rate remains high.
The IAU and the LOC were unanimous in that the championships could not be held in this situation, as we are ever mindful that first and foremost, we had to consider the health and well-being of our athletes, officials and spectators in making this decision.
August 15th 2020