Canada’s longest running international track and field meet has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 virus.
The 37th annual Harry Jerome Classic was scheduled for Saturday, May 30 at Swangard Stadium in Burnaby.
“The safety of our families and our community should be our number one priorityat this time of global crisis,” said Richmond Sports Wall of Fame inductee and meet organizer Doug Clement.
“The Achilles International Track and Field Society will always support our Canadian athletes when this pandemic passes.”
The decision came a week before the International Olympic Committee announced the postponement of the Summer Games in Tokyo. That it least sets the stage for what should be an intriguing line-up when the Harry Jerome returns in 2021.
The Achilles Society also teams up with the Kajaks Track and Field Club to host the Jerome Indoor Games in February at the Richmond Olympic Oval. It was Clement and his wife Diane who founded the Kajaks back in the 1960s.