Blow for Gateshead as Grand Prix athletics event cancelled

World heptathlon champion Katarina Johnson-Thompson (centre) was set to compete
World heptathlon champion Katarina Johnson-Thompson (centre) was set to compete - (Copyright Xinhua News Agency/PA Images)
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The Müller Grand Prix Gateshead has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The athletics event was postponed from August 16 and rescheduled to take place on September 12, but it has now been called off altogether. 

The Grand Prix event was included in the Diamond League circuit and was the first time since 2010 that a world athletics event was to be staged at Gateshead. 

Gateshead Council and British Athletics said in a statement: “It is with sad news that we announce that the proposed Müller Grand Prix Gateshead due to take place this September, has now been officially cancelled.

"The government measures brought in earlier this year due to COVID-19 have ultimately prevented the progress of the much-needed upgrade of the facilities at the Gateshead International Stadium. 

"Time has ultimately defeated us to ensure that International athletes can not only compete in a safe manner but can also compete to their full potential using world class facilities.

“We will continue to work together to achieve our ambition of returning International Athletics back to Gateshead next year.”

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