Senior and junior cricket semi-finals and lawn bowls grand finals will go ahead this weekend, but all Bendigo basketball has been postponed until further notice as the coronavirus pandemic starts to affect central Victorian sport.
Basketball Victoria announced on Friday afternoon that all games and events had been suspended until further notice. As a result, the Bendigo Basketball Association made the decision to suspend all club games and training.
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"This is a decision we don't take lightly and want to reassure the basketball community that we will continue to work with Basketball Victoria to ensure the health and well-being of our players, coaches, referees and staff are maintained,'' the BBA statement said.
This weekend's Victorian Masters Athletics Championships to be held at the Flora Hill Athletics Complex were cancelled because of coronavirus concerns.
The Bendigo District Cricket Association's senior and junior semi-finals and Emu Valley Cricket Association semi-finals scheduled for Saturday and Sunday will be played.
Cricket Victoria issued a statement urging all players, coaches and volunteers to exercise caution at their respective matches.
Cricket Victoria called on the following measures to be implemented:
- Hand sanitiser to be available in team rooms and players/staff encouraged to use it as well as completing hand washing prior to meals;
- Players should avoid using saliva as a method of shining the cricket ball;
- Do not share drinks, towels, lip balm, sunscreen with others (bring your own);
- Limit change room and training attendance to staff who have an operational reason to be there;
- Limit sharing of cricket equipment (other than the ball).
The Bendigo Bowls Division announced its grand finals would still be played.
"If spectators wish to attend it is their decision,'' the BBD statement said.
"Any player who does not wish to play has the right to withdraw.
"Players are encouraged to find another way to greet and thank their opponents and not pick up other players bowls."
As of Friday night, the Bendigo Country Week bowls carnival - scheduled to start on Monday - was still going ahead.
More announcements are expected next week, with decisions on the upcoming Golden Mile Raceday at the Bendigo Jockey Club on March 28 and the start of football and netball competitions across the region to have the greatest affect on the local sporting scene.
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