The following National and European Competitions have been cancelled for 2020:
1. PE Inter Regional Championships
Associated commentary from the PE Board:
‘It is with deep regret that the PE Board has decided in the light of the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic that we are left with no alternative than to cancel the Inter-Regional Championships 2020.
This decision is taken with heavy heart but we have concluded that we are unable to hold and organise such a major event safely for all our members young and old.
Considerable work has been undertaken by the Board to ensure that we were not left with significant financial liabilities and we are very grateful for the support we have received from our partners IoW Tours.
2020 would have been the last time that we would have held the Inter-Regionals at Hayling Island because of their refurbishment and remodelling to a format unsuited to our needs. We are now planning for 2021 and a new venue. We look forward to a major celebration in 2021, where once again we can all gather at the biggest and best national tournament in England’
2. All European Championships and the European Cup for Clubs (EuroCup)
Associated commentary from the President of the Confédération Européenne de Pétanque.
‘It has become an almost daily exercise for clubs and federations to assess when their members will be able to start playing pétanque again, but one thing has become very clear, and that is more time must pass before we can all cross borders and take part in international tournaments. It is because of the continuing uncertainties, the doubt that every nation will be able to travel or participate in competitions that the CEP Directors today took the unprecedented decision to cancel all our tournaments for 2020.
I am sure that you and your players will be disappointed by this decision, but at the same time I know that you will understand that we had no other choice.
We continue to work on the arrangements for the 2021 and 2022 seasons with the expectation that by then life for all of us will have returned to some normality’.