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Kamloops to host first athletics competition in B.C. since COVID-19 hit

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July 30, 2020 - 5:00 PM

This weekend, the City of Kamloops will be home to the first sanctioned athletic event since the pandemic restrictions began in mid-March.

The Tournament Capital Centre will host a throws competition, which includes events like javelin, shot put and hammer throws.

Sean Smith, the City’s business operations and events supervisor, says this is the first sanctioned athletics competition in the province.

“We are thrilled to begin our gradual and thoughtful return to safe event and competition hosting in Kamloops,” Smith says in a release. “The (Kamloops Track and Field Club) and our Parks and Facility crews have worked hard to prepare for a successful event that is safe for the athletes and our community.”

The Kamloops Track and Field Club has worked with Athletics Canada, BC Athletics and viaSport to create guidelines for a safe and sanitary competition. All folks must follow provincial health guidelines, physical distancing and daily symptom screening. No spectators will be allowed at the event.

During the second and third weekend of August, two more throws competitions will be held.

“Our athletes are beyond excited for this opportunity,” says Dylan Armstrong, throws coach for the Kamloops Track and Field Club in a media release. “Athletes will be able to track official marks and results that are eligible for provincial and national records and rankings.”

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