Softball Australia today confirmed they won’t be sending the Travelodge Aussie Spirit squad to compete for the Aussie Peppers of Minnesota in the 2020 National Professional Fastpitch (NPF) season.
The COVID-19 Pandemic and current restrictions on international travel has made it near impossible to plan for a timeline of sending Australian athletes overseas to compete in the NPF competition.
The Aussie Peppers were to play a significant part in Australia’s Olympic preparation, however following the IOC’s decision to postpone the Tokyo 2020 Games to 23 July, 2021, Softball Australia’s High Performance team have been forced to re-assess current plans.
“We’re disappointed not to be competing for the Aussie Peppers of Minnesota in the NPF in 2020,” said David Pryles, Chief Executive Officer at Softball Australia.
“The Peppers organisation and the City of Mankato were incredibly welcoming and accommodating in 2019 and we have no doubt we would’ve received the same reception in 2020, however, the safety of our athletes must be a priority in this uncertain period.
“That, and the strict travel restrictions put in place by the Australian Federal Government has forced our hand into not sending the Travelodge Aussie Spirit squad to the NPF.”
The Travelodge Aussie Spirit will continue to train as best they can under government guidelines and are in regular contact with the Softball Australia High Performance team.