Athletics Canada Withdraws Competitors From Half Marathon Championships in Poland


a woman standing in front of a crowd: Rachel Cliff, seen above, is among the five athletes who will not be heading to the Half Marathon Championships in Poland this weekend.


At the 2020 World Athletics Half Marathon Championships in Gdynia, Poland, Athletics Canada has withdrawn five athletes who planned to represent the country this weekend.

In a media release Tuesday, the sports organization said that it came to the decision following an internal discussion with the “health and safety of [its] athletes, coaches, staff and volunteers in mind.” “We simply cannot justify putting our athletes, coaches and staff in harm’s way,” Athletics Canada said. The sharp increase of Covid-19 cases in Poland drove the organization to the decision of withdrawal.

The athletes to represent Canada were Rachel Cliff, Justin Kent, Ben Preisner, Philippe Parrot-Migas and Thomas Toth. The championships were originally scheduled to be on March 29, but was rescheduled to Oct. 17 in result of the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to Dr. Paddy McCluskey, Athletics Canada’s chief medical officer, the various risks included flying and transfers within airports; whether individuals would comply to the safety protocols; and having the athletes be in publicly-accessed common areas like hotel lobbies and common dining areas.

Spiritual Analysis:

Brothers and sisters, we are continuing to notice an increase in the instances of national governments around the world making major decisions in response to the pandemic. Many events have been cancelled already on a grand scale, within areas such as politics, religion, and sports. Yet as we see more major events like these getting postponed, it is of utmost importance to never be worried due to the climate of events that surround us.

The Bible tells us in Phil. 4:6-7 (NKJV) to “be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Due to the message conveyed by this scripture, does it mean that Christians are exempt from experiencing troublesome situations? Absolutely not! In fact, that would be quite far from the truth. This scripture explains that in the midst of troubles within our families, work places, and even countries under the directives of their governments, we are to be at peace, constantly communicating with and praising our Maker. We do not worry as the world worries. We put our trust in God, and carry his perfect peace and all other fruits of the spirit within our hearts at all times.

Yet I must close with asking you… how are you all faring during this Pandemic as of now? Even though the world around us seems to be in confusion and grappling for answers in the midst of it, I pray that each and every one of us are being built in the spirit more and more with each passing day. By God’s grace, once all of this has passed, we shall be stronger and better than ever before. To the world, this is the year of Covid. Yet from the perspective of the Body of Christ, we are being prepared to be ushered into a unique and powerful move of the Spirit that has never been seen before!

Biweekly Homework:

Study this scripture: Acts 2:17. Meditate on it and pray, asking God what assignment he has for you in this exciting end-time dispensation of the Holy Spirit.

Comment below: Tell me your views on how the government of the nation that you reside in is currently taking action against the pandemic. I want to know. Let’s interact!

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