Should PanAms be cancelled?

Recall that PanAms were moved from USA to Brazil.

The President of the Pan American Gymnastics Union (PAGU), Naomi Valenzo, confirmed to Gymnastics Now Monday morning that the artistic, rhythmic, and trampoline Senior Pan American Championships (commonly referred to as Pan Ams) will no longer take place in the United States.

Instead, Brazil has agreed to host the events in June …

Gymnastics Now

This meet is critical in that 4 additional Olympic spots are decided from the AA. Two for men, two for women.

BUT the pandemic is worse than ever in Brazil. Over 4,000 Covid-related deaths in 24 hours for the first time. Only 8% of the population has had the first dose of any vaccine. Their President is a COVID denier who opposes any lockdown measures.

How can Brazil be safe for international travel by June?

Is there enough time on the calendar to move it again? If so, where? Canada — for example — wouldn’t allow the international travel.

I feel PanAms will soon be cancelled. And that’s a shame for those gymnasts who’ve trained the past year for one last shot at Olympic qualification.

Cordelia linked to the FIG policy:

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Rick Mc

Career gymnastics coach who loves the outdoors, and the internet.

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