The Manitoba Games are scheduled to run every two years. Normally the games alternate between summer and winter sporting events, and are the largest ongoing multi-sport event in the province. The games involve upwards of 3,000 athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers. These games are important for young athletes as they prepare to compete at national and international levels.
In a press release on April 27 Sports Manitoba announced: “ To keep Manitobans safe and reduce the spread of COVID-19, Sport Manitoba and the Dauphin Host Society have announced that the Manitoba Games powered by Manitoba Hydro that were set to take place from August 9–15, 2020, have been postponed and will take place next summer in Dauphin from July 11–17, 2021.”
The Honourable Minister Cathy Cox, Minister of Sport, Culture and Heritage stated that "Our athletes have trained so hard, and dedicated so many hours to be ready for competition, but at times like this, difficult decisions must be made. We should treat this pause like an athlete resting in between workouts.”
Carla Wolfenden and Clayton Swanton, 2020 Dauphin Manitoba Games Host Society Co-Chairs agree that “The collective decision to postpone the Games to 2021 is the best one we could have hoped for. The one year postponement will be used to further plan and execute a high quality event. Our committed team looks forward to welcoming the athletes and spectators to Dauphin when it is safe to do so.”