The 2020 Canadian Native Fastball Championships (CNFC), which were set to take place July 31 to Aug. 3, will be postponed until next year.
The organizing committee made the difficult decision to postpone the event in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
“At this time, it’s important to adhere to public health guidelines to protect the athletes, their families, our elders, and the community of Prince George,” said Randy Potskin, President of the Canadian Native Fastball Association (CNFA).
The tournament brings together fastball teams from across the nation and has been held annually since its inception in 1974. The event was successfully held in Prince George in 2016, 2004, and 1994.
“The Championships are not just a sporting event,” said Harley Desjarlais, chair of the local organizing committee. “It is a cultural celebration and an opportunity to bring youth, athletes and communities together. We look forward to welcoming everyone in 2021.”
The 2020 event was expected to draw over 80 teams competing in five divisions and bring in about 2,500 visitors to the Prince George area. The total economic impact was estimated to be $3.5 million dollars.
“Tourism Prince George supports the decision made by the CNFA and the organizing committee,” said Tracey McBride, CEO of Tourism Prince George. “This will be a fantastic event for our city next year, and we are committed to creating an exceptional and memorable experience for all athletes, support personnel, and visitors when it is safe to welcome them in 2021.”
For more information and to learn more about the 2021 Championships, visit nativefastball.com.