NAIG postpones 2020 games amid COVID-19 virus concerns – Cape Breton Post

by ahnationtalk on March 26, 202082 Views

MEMBERTOU — The North American Indigenous Games organizers announced the postponement of the July 2020 event on Wednesday, to adhere to public health and safety concerns surrounding COVID-19.

The 2020 games were scheduled for July 12-18 in Kjpuktuk (Halifax), Aldershot and Millbrook First Nation.

The committee is now regrouping and plans to meet with key stakeholders and partners. Organizers hope to make Halifax the host city in 2021 and have athletes that qualified for this year’s games remain eligible to compete next year.

More than 5,000 athletes, coaches and staff from over 700 Indigenous nations were expected at this year’s games.

Mykeo Parker-Christmas is one of those athletes. He lives in Halifax but is from Membertou First Nation and was set to play on the Team Mi’kmaw Nova Scotia U-19 soccer team.

“I’ve been able to go on the field by myself but it’s never the same as playing with your team,” said the 18-year-old.

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