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USA Gymnastics calls off 2020 national championships

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USA Gymnastics has called off its premier events for 2020, including June’s national championships, due to the global Covid-19 pandemic.

The championships, which were scheduled for June 4-7 in Fort Worth, Texas, will instead be held on June 3-6, 2021. Meanwhile, the US Classic, which had been set to take place on May 23 in Hartford, Conn., will now take place on May 22, 2021.

“In light of recent guidance from health experts, and after receiving feedback from our athletes and coaches, we believe it is in the best interest of our community to wait until 2021 to hold premier events,” said USA Gymnastics chief executive Li Li Leung.

New dates for the Tokyo Olympic trials, initially scheduled for June in St. Louis, Missouri, will be announced in the coming weeks.

Gymnastics superstar Simone Biles was preparing for her seventh all-around national title in eight seasons.

The coronavirus crisis has hit the US Olympic movement hard. The United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee plans to make budget cuts of up to 20 per cent through the 2024 Paris Games due to the financial impact of Covid-19.

The USOPC’s four-year budget is around $1bn, meaning there could be cuts of up to $200m. The situation could be worsened if the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, now set for 2021, is canceled entirely, which remains a possibility.

It was reported last month that many US Olympic governing bodies will look to secure financial aid from the federal government following the postponement of the 2020 Tokyo Summer Games and effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.