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International travel order forces postponement of WTS Montreal

Travel prohibitions for all countries except the United States in place until June 30.

A Government order yesterday limiting the entry of most foreign travellers to Canada until June 30 has forced the postponement of the Montreal International Triathlon, which serves as the national championship.

Tyler Mislawchuk sprints to the line at the 2018 WTS Montreal event.

Just a few days after we learned that the Montreal International Triathlon would wait until next month to reassess whether it would have to postpone the event, race organizers have been forced to do just that thanks to a government order that will limit entry to foreigners until (at least) June 30, 2020, as a measure to try and control spread of the Coronavirus COVID-19.

“Given the international nature of the Groupe Copley World Triathlon, and the nationality of many of its officials and participants from over 40 countries, Montreal International Triathlon, Triathlon Canada and World Triathlon are compelled to postpone the Groupe Copley World Triathlon to a later date in 2020,” organizers say. “The event was to take place from June 23 to 28, at the Grand Quai du Port de MontrĂ©al.”

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In addition to being the Canadian national championship, the busy week of racing was to also include the ITU World Paratriathlon Championships, a PATCO Sprint Triathlon Panamerican Cup and the World Triathlon Montreal elite race.

There isn’t a new date for the race as of yet.

“The Montreal International Triathlon, in partnership with Triathlon Canada, Triathlon Quebec and all our partners, are looking forward to host this fifth edition of the Groupe Copley World Triathlon in Montreal, in 2020,” organizers say. “We thank you all for your efforts and commitment and are as committed as ever to deliver a world-class event and hope that to see you all with us soon.”

You can read the full statement here.