Softball Australia has officially notified the WBSC of the Junior Spirit’s inability to contest the U18 Women’s World Cup citing difficulty in guaranteeing the safety of participants and travel logistics amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic.
After an extensive review to the viability of Australia competing in Lima, Peru from 27 March – 4 April, 2021, it was determined Australia’s attendance is not viable.
Softball Australia’s decision comes after consideration of the following factors:
- Australia quarantine requirements – Upon return to Australia there will be a 14 day mandatory quarantine requirement for international travellers at designated hotels which is at the individuals responsibility.
- Limited international flights in and out of Peru from Australia – This creates increase flight costs and a higher risk of getting out of Peru in case there is a need to evacuate due to an emergency
- Travel insurance (Medical coverage) – Our travel insurance does not cover medical cost in a pandemic. COVID medical coverage in case someone needs intensive care, especially outside of Australia will not be provided.
- Currently Australian are prohibited from travelling internationally unless they can achieve a travel exemption which does not include attending a World Cup event.
- Uncertainty around COVID Safe protocols at the event.
Softball Australia expresses disappointment at not being able to send a team to the U18 Women’s World Cup, however are currently exploring options for the Junior Spirit to compete at an international level and fulfil their goal of representing their country in 2021.