The Morton Games LOC and Clonliffe Harriers AC Committee have had to make the inevitable decision to cancel this year’s meet. It really is impossible to see how the meet could take place with the current restrictions in place and likely to remain so for some time. Rest assured our thoughts and focus is already on the return of Morton Games in July 2022.
A joint Press Release through Athletics Ireland was made this morning: After assessing all scenarios available, it has been confirmed that the 2021 editions of the BAM Cork
Sports International Athletics Meet and the Morton Games have been postponed until 2022.
The two high profile international track and field meets which were postponed in 2020 due to the
Covid-19 pandemic were rescheduled and set to take place on the 6th and 9th of July 2021
respectively. Organisers have taken the difficult decision to again postpone both events due to the
ongoing uncertainty surrounding current Covid-19 restrictions.
Joe Hartnett, Meeting Director, Cork City Sports commented: “After due consideration of the many
issues surrounding COVID-19 we have decided to postpone for another year. It is our hope that 2022
will allow us to bring back International Athletics to Cork”. Tony O Connell, Chairman, Cork City Sports added: “We regret having to cancel this year’s meeting. We thank our sponsors and other partners for being patient during these difficult times and look forward to working together again in 2022.”
2021 would have been the 69th edition of the Cork City Sports International Athletics Meet and
there is no doubt athletics fans will look forward to it’s return on the back of a tremendously
successful event in 2019.
Morton Games which commenced in 2008 has also become one of the most high-class athletics
events in the country and will be undoubtedly leave a hole in this summer’s athletics calendar.
Morton Games Meet Director, Noel Guiden said: ” Although we are very disappointed to have to
announce the cancellation of Morton Games for the second successive year, really there was no
other option as with so many uncertainties it made the hosting of an international meet in 2021 an
impossibility. There is no doubt that better times lie ahead and with that in the forefront of our
thoughts we look forward to the return of international athletics and the ” Santry Roar” at Morton
Games in the Summer of ’22.”
Athletics Ireland CEO Hamish Adams echoed these sentiments and acknowledged the importance of
seeing the return of both events in 2022. He said, “Athletics Ireland have long been supporters of both the Cork City Sports International Meet and the Morton Games, and we were all looking forward to what have become two unmissable dates on the athletics summer calendar. The news will come as a disappointment, but we are in no doubt that both the Bam Cork City Sports International and Morton Games will be back and
showcasing our sport at its best 2022”.
The teams behind the BAM Cork City Sports and Morton Games would like to extend
their best wishes and thanks to all athletes, coaches, fans, and sponsors for their unwavering
support over the the last year.