WSA Inaugural Global Summit & Awards Celebration 2021 Postponed

30 Nov 2021

The Women’s Sports Alliance has had to make the tough, disappointing, but ultimately sensible decision to postpone its inaugural Global Summit and Awards Celebration. 

Read full statement from WSA below:

Inaugural Global Summit & Awards Celebration 2021

It is with sincere regret and disappointment that we have to announce the postponement of the Women’s Sports Alliance Inaugural Global Summit & Awards Celebration event set to have been held on the 15th December 2021.

The new COVID-19 variant is raising international concern and governments globally are reviewing travel restrictions, quarantine and enhanced testing to slow down the spread, whilst wider measures are being reviewed.

We feel, therefore, that we need to act responsibly, in a timely manner, in order to mitigate the risks associated with hosting international guests and bringing together some of the world’s top athletes during this period of uncertainty. The health and safety of our guests – many of whom would be travelling from outside of the UK and are athletes or sport body representatives that have other important commitments, such as upcoming competitions – is the most important priority for the WSA. To that end, we do not want to risk impacting athletes’ ability to compete due to quarantine and/or self-isolation requirements.

Given that the event is due to take place in 15 days’ time, and with 350 guests scheduled to attend, we feel it would be inconsiderate to leave taking any action until closer to the event.

In order to give attendees clarity during these uncertain times, the WSA has adopted a ‘safety first’ approach and plans to re-schedule the event for Spring 2022, with the new date being advised in January.

Whilst this has been a tough decision to make, the WSA has taken this step in light of the lack of clarity and changing rules relating to the restrictions imposed as a result of the new and emerging COVID-19 variant, Omicron. The WSA prides itself on being both a responsive and responsible organisation, and we do not believe it is right that we press ahead with the awards ceremony at this time.

We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience, the disappointment for those looking forward to a night of celebration and to those partners who have included elements of festive celebrations within the awards evening. The WSA, however, needs to be sensitive to the UK’s and other nations’ increased travel restrictions following the recent discovery of the Omicron variant.

“This was a really tough decision to make but, as a responsible organisation, we are sure it’s the right thing to do under the current circumstances,” states WSA founder Jordan Guard.

“The health of everyone involved must come first and we look forward to announcing the revised date for Spring 2022 when we will hopefully be able to celebrate the women’s sports industry with global guests and partners. For now though I of course wish everyone a safe and healthy Christmas.”

Tickets already purchased will be automatically transferred to the new date once it has been established.

Should anyone have additional questions about the event postponement, please contact our team directly by emailing:  events@wsportsalliance.com.

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