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Quebec government calls for all sports events to be cancelled through August 31

Quebec government's announcement would appear to make it impossible for Ironman Mont-Tremblant to take place in August.

In a release announced yesterday the Quebec government has called for the cancellation of festivals, as well as public sporting and cultural events until August 31.

The women’s pro start of the 2019 Ironman Mont Tremblant triathlon (Credit: Kevin Mackinnon)

“This directive has been issued considering the evolution of the COVID-19 situation in Quebec and the need to respect, in particular, the guideline of a physical distance of two metres for an extended period,” the statement reads. “It is, therefore, with a view to protecting public health that is considered preferable to cancel festivals and other cultural and sporting gatherings, indoor and outdoor, for the summer period.”

Based on that announcement, Tremblant Resort, the host venue for Ironman Mont-Tremblant, announced last night that its events would be cancelled until the end of August “following the government of Quebec’s request.”

The resort’s announcement does not list any of the Ironman events that it hosts, though – June’s Ironman 70.3 Mont-Tremblant, 5i50 Triathlon Series Mont-Tremblant, or Ironman Mont-Tremblant, slated for August 23. Earlier today we reported on the postponement of the two June events.

Related: Triathlon cancellations and postponements due to the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.

Some of Quebec’s major sports events set for this summer have already been cancelled, including the Montreal Grand Prix and the Montreal International Jazz Festival. Yesterday’s announcement forced Tennis Canada to postpone the Rogers Cup tournament as well.

So, it would seem that the Ironman event in Mont-Tremblant will likely be postponed at least until after August, but at this point there is no official word to that effect. We’ve reached out to Ironman for more details and will update this story once they are available.