The Maltese Olympic Committee announced that the Gala Sports Awards, scheduled for next month, have been postponed amid the current COVID-19 situation in Malta.
The MOC were due to host their gala night, which acknowledges the athletes’ feats for outstanding performances in international arena, on Saturday, January 15.
However, the governing body felt that it would be irresponsible to host such an event in light of the current COVID-19 situation.
During the past few days, Malta has experienced a dramatic rise in COVID-19 cases.
“Following the recent and substantial increase of COVID-19 cases in Malta, the Maltese Olympic Committee has taken the decision to postpone its annual Gala Sports Awards which was planned for Saturday 15th January 2022,” the MOC said in a statement.
“The Gala Sports Awards are held annually to acknowledge active athletes’ feats for outstanding sporting achievements in the international arena.
“The Maltese Olympic Committee stressed that the decision to postpone these Awards – which include the Local Council Awards and the Hall of Fame, was not taken lightly, especially since the Awards were not held in 2020.
“However, the MOC felt it would be irresponsible to host such an event in light of the current Covid-19 situation.
“The MOC noted that this decision would be disappointing for many, however it emphasised that deserving athletes’ efforts would not go unrecognised and hopes that these Awards will be presented at a more appropriate time.”