Information regarding COVID-19 and QKA 2020 State Titles

Dear Heads of Style, Athletes and Karate Community Members

State Titles March 21/22 Deferred Until Further Notice

For some time the QKA has been closely monitoring the spread of the Corona Virus in Queensland and Australia, drawing directly on advice from Queensland Health and the Australian Government as well as from our own resources.

Earlier today we were advised that the Australian Government has adopted the recommendations of Australia’s Chief Medical Officers regarding staging public meetings and events.  The Government is advising AGAINST non-essential gatherings of 500 or more people from next Monday 16 March. School and work are considered essential activities and therefore do not fall under this directive.

Given the close contact nature of our sport and given that this event involves more than 500 people, the QKA believes that it is prudent to defer our tournament until the Corona Virus situation improves.  The State Titles Tournament is therefore deferred until further notice.

The QKA understands that this decision may inconvenience many people, particularly those who have plans to travel from north and central Queensland and northern NSW. However, the primary consideration at this time is protecting the health and well-being of our karate community, and the community at large.

Additional information will be forthcoming following a QKA Executive Meeting that will be held tomorrow, Saturday 14 March.

Yours in karate,

Alan Key

QKA President.