The Moama Water Sports Club has made the tough decision to postpone the 2022 Southern 80 after recommendations from emergency services in both New South Wales and Victoria.
The iconic annual water-ski race traditionally held on the Murray River during the second week of February has been postponed due to the current impact the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is having on emergency services in both states.
"The ongoing COVID pandemic is currently stretching our state emergency resources and they felt that they would be unable to staff and support the event recommending that the event be postponed," Southern 80 organisers posted on social media.
"At this time a confirmed date has not been set, as we are in discussions with Ski Racing Australia and are working towards a date in April. We will confirm the date in the next few days."
The postponement of the 2022 race marks the second year the event has been impacted after it was cancelled in 2021.
The historic race that was first held in 1965 attracts hundreds of competitors from across the country to the Murray River between Torrumbarry and Echuca.
The race is recognised as one of the most challenging in the country due to the numerous bends and narrow width of the course set up.
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