IMMAF has announced the cancellation of several key events, including the Youth World Championships and the Asian Open Championships.
The European Open Championships and Youth World Championships were scheduled to take place in Italy in July and August, while the Asian Open Championships was planned for June in Kazakhstan.
This comes on the back of an earlier decision to postpone the 2020 IMMAF Africa Open Championships and the 2020 IMMAF Pan American Championships.
“In the shadow of the current global pandemic and government responses worldwide, as well as out of duty-of-care to our members, the IMMAF board has been left with no alternative but to cancel the European and Youth Championships this year,” said IMMAF president Kerrith Brown.
“We will be monitoring with global situation in the hope that we can hold this event later in the year, in the run up to the World and Team Championships.”
Brown said it was unlikely the IMMAF calendar will allow the events to be rescheduled and was instead looking ahead to 2021.
“I encourage athletes to keep training, keep drilling and studying techniques from home. This period will be a test of character and determination. We look forward to relaunching stronger and better, and meeting again in competition very soon.”
To support members during this time, IMMAF has launched free, online accredited coach education courses which will count towards the full IMMAF Coach Certification.
This is a first initiative, to which IMMAF will be adding further online services to facilitate continued sport development through this period of self-distancing and self-isolation in many countries.