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2020 Knysna Hillclimb halted by Chinese ‘flu

KNYSNA, South Africa – The 2020 Simola Hillclimb has been postponed to May 6-9 2021 thanks to the ongoing disaster called Covid-19.

The event, held in the South African coastal resort of Knysna for the past 10 years had, its organisers say, had become South Africa’s premier motorsport lifestyle event with about 17 000 people from around the world attending.

A media release from the Knysna Speed Festival reported to the Corner: “We have been forced to make this decision. We intended to run the event in September 2020 but it has become apparent from all those involved that it will not be possible.

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“All indications are that mass gatherings will still not be allowed by then and the uncertainty also affects our international competitors and visitors who may not be allowed to travel, sponsor partners who would not be able to host staff, and guests if the health risk is high or, if leisure travel is still banned, and the Simola Hotel which is unsure if it will be allowed to open by then.”

The organisers added: “We would like to thank our sponsor partners for their understanding and support and look forward to working with them to host a successful 2021 event.”

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