Cork City Sports World Athletics Continental Tour 2023 has been forced to cancel Photo: Braden Collum

Cork athletics event forced to cancel

The Cork City Sports World Athletics Continental Tour 2023 planned for this summer has been cancelled, it was confirmed this afternoon, Friday.

Organisers of the tour said they had to cancel the tour due to significant delays in the resurfacing of the athletics track at the Munster Technological University (MTU).

The decision to cancel the Cork City Sports Continental Tour “was not taken lightly”, the organising committee said.

The committee in collaboration with the MTU have been “closely monitoring” the progress of the resurfacing project.

A statement from the committee said: “Unfortunately, technical challenges encountered by the specialist contractor in achieving World Athletics International Standard Certification requirements have led to significant delays, making it impossible to complete the athletics track in time for the event.

“The Cork City Sports Continental Tour has been a highlight of the athletic calendar for both athletes and fans alike. Over the years, the event has garnered a reputation for showcasing top-tier talent and providing a platform for athletes to achieve remarkable feats. The cancellation of this event is a disappointment for everyone involved, including the athletes, sponsors, spectators and organisers.”

The organisers also said they understand the impact that this cancellation has on the athletes who were preparing to compete in Cork. “We recognise the countless hours of hard work, dedication, and sacrifices made by athletes from around the world. Rest assured, we share in their disappointment and regret any inconvenience caused.”

The statement continued: “The Cork City Sports committee would like to express its gratitude to the athletes, sponsors and partners who have supported the event and made it possible year after year. We extend our heartfelt thanks to the local community, volunteers, and fans for their unwavering support and enthusiasm.

“The organising committee, together with the MTU, will focus on completing the resurfacing works as soon as possible to ensure that the Cork City Sports Continental Tour will return stronger than ever in July 2024. We apologise for any inconvenience caused and appreciate your understanding.”