Australian Open event director Craig Tiley stated he was ready to “climb Mount Everest” once more to maintain the Grand Slam at Melbourne Park subsequent yr after a report stated it may need to be moved.
State broadcaster ABC reported on Monday a authorities forecast that Australia’s borders could be closed till mid-2022 may power the relocation of the event to Dubai or Doha as gamers wouldn’t be ready to endure quarantine once more.
Tiley, who oversaw the strict 14-day quarantine of gamers and officers to get this yr’s Australian Open performed towards large odds, stated there have been no plans to relocate the 2022 event.
“We’ll be right here in Melbourne, we’re going to make it work, it’ll be in January,” the Tennis Australia chief government instructed native media on Monday.
“We’ll discover a method to get the gamers right here who’re presently travelling the world in a bubble.
“We’re the one nation the place quarantine is required. We have a discover a method to handle that and we are going to.”
Australia has been comparatively profitable in containing COVID-19 and the federal government sees strict restrictions on those that are in a position to enter the nation as a key a part of their technique.
Tiley stated he had realized loads about the right way to plan a event throughout a pandemic earlier this yr, when the Australian Open was efficiently accomplished in entrance of lowered, and typically no, spectators.
“The 2 enemies, mass gatherings and worldwide journey, COVID does not permit these two issues to occur, and people are the pillars of our success,” the South African added.
“With the ability to get round that was a problem. There’s plenty of hypothesis about 2022, and it is the identical journey we’re going to go on. It’ll be a experience.
“We felt like we climbed Mount Everest, and sadly now we have discovered ourselves again at base camp. However the one constructive factor is that we no less than have a path as a result of we’ve got accomplished it as soon as.”
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