In the light of the ongoing COVID19 pandemic and
to ensure the health and safety of swimmers and staff, the Hong
Kong Amateur Swimming Association (HKASA) has decided to cancel
the New World Harbour Race 2020.
The race normally takes place in
Subsequent to the cancellation of this year's race, the organiser
has made the following special
arrangements for all finalists in 2019:
- All swimmers in the Leisure Group will have
priority in signing up for next year’s Harbour Race;
- Swimmers in both the Leisure Group and the
Racing Group will enjoy a half price discount on the entry fee for
next year’s Harbour Race and will be exempt from the time-trial
and administration fees.
Ronnie Wong Man-chiu, President of the HKASA,
said, “The safety of swimmers and staff has always been our utmost
priority. The COVID19 situation has lasted for months. Given the
recent resurgence of the pandemic and with public health in mind,
the HKASA decided to cancel this year’s event. We sincerely thank
our title sponsor, New World Development, for its support and kind
understanding. We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused
by the cancellation of the event. The HKASA hopes the COVID19
pandemic will end soon. We hope all swimmers will join us at next
year’s race and enjoy the experience swimming in Victoria Harbour.”
The cross harbour race, which first took place in
1906, was also cancelled in October 2019 due to the violent
protests that were taking place in the city at that time. About
4,000 swimmers were scheduled to take part in 2019, roughly 10%
more than in 2018.
Airports, Air Travel and COVID19 - Exclusive Interview with SITA's President of Asia Pacific, Sumesh Patel.