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September 24, 2021, Winnipeg MB – To keep Manitobans safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19, Sport Manitoba and the Niverville host society are announcing the cancellation of the 2022 Manitoba Games powered by Manitoba Hydro. 

The Games were scheduled to take place in Niverville from February 27 – March 5, 2022. The scope of these Games encompassed upwards of 1,500 participants from all across the province (athletes, coaches, managers, officials), and 1,000 local volunteers organizing 12 sports over seven days in and around the Town of Niverville. 

Over the last 18 months, inconsistencies in competition and training opportunities had an effect on athlete development. Without regular training, conditioning, and recovery routines in this crucial stage, the risk of injury, mental fatigue, and overtraining were also factors in making this decision. 

Along with continued uncertainty about the pandemic, and public health restrictions, it became clear it would not be possible to host an event of this magnitude and execute a safe and successful multi-sport Games experience. 

Sport Manitoba and the Niverville host society worked with the Town of Niverville, provincial sport organizations, Hanover School Division, public health, and Games partners to evaluate a number of options before reaching the collective decision to cancel the event. The support of our title sponsor, Manitoba Hydro, as well as our presenting sponsors, Credit Unions of Manitoba, Calm Air, Konica Minolta, Travel Manitoba, and the Manitoba Dental Association, was welcomed in making this decision.

The host society remained committed and dedicated as it planned through so many unknowns over the last year. To give them an opportunity to follow through on some of the benefits of hosting a Manitoba Games,  Sport Manitoba is guaranteeing $150,000 for capital projects. Some projects, like the cross country ski trails at Hespeler Park, have already benefited from this investment. The funds that remain will be allocated within the community to enhance sport infrastructure and equipment.

The Town of Niverville has been offered the first right of refusal to host the 2026 Manitoba Games powered by Manitoba Hydro in the Winter of 2026, which is the next Games available to host. 

The Manitoba Games powered by Manitoba Hydro is staged every two years, alternates between summer and winter sports, and is the largest ongoing multi-sport event in the province. Each Games involves upwards of 3,000 athletes, coaches, officials, and volunteers, and represents an opportunity for young athletes to compete and prepare to reach national and international sporting stages.

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“The decision to cancel these Games was not an easy one, but it was essential to protect the health and safety of our participants and volunteers. Executing a major multi-sport Games requires extensive planning, the support of hundreds of volunteers, and securing significant financial support. With the uncertainty of the pandemic’s progression, we could not put all the pieces in place to host a safe and successful Games. We want to thank everyone for their understanding, cooperation, and patience as we return to sport.”
Janet McMahon, President & CEO, Sport Manitoba

“We as co-chairs, on behalf of the 2022 Manitoba Winter Games Host Society, have come to the decision to cancel the 2022 Manitoba Winter Games.  This decision was extremely difficult, and many factors were considered. There was a lot of uncertainty around the athlete villages, transportation and food services as well as the financial and workforce commitments among our volunteers and partners. Ultimately, our top concern was to focus on the health and safety for our athletes, coaches, volunteers, and spectators. We wish to provide all those involved in the 2022 Manitoba Games powered by Manitoba Hydro the full experience of a non-pandemic multi-sport event and therefore, we as a Host Society requested that the 2022 Games be cancelled on the basis of safety to all participants.

To all who have been involved, we are truly grateful for being understanding of this tough but necessary decision. We say thank you to Sport Manitoba, Hanover School Division, to the Games sponsors, and to all the volunteers for your hard work to date. We truly are grateful and thankful for each of you.”
Angela Janz & Chantal Todd, Co-Chairs, 2022 Manitoba Games powered by Manitoba Games Host Society

“While I am disappointed by the decision to have to postpone the Manitoba Winter Games I support the Niverville Winter Games committee and understand the reasoning behind their decision. I know this was not an easy decision to make but I now set my sight forward to 2026 and welcoming everyone to our community then.”
Myron Dyck, Mayor, Town of Niverville

About
Sport Manitoba is a not-for-profit organization and the lead planning, programming and funding agency for the development of amateur sport in Manitoba. Located at 145 Pacific Avenue in Winnipeg, Sport Manitoba partners with over 100 organizations to deliver sport in the province and is responsible for programs including the Manitoba Games powered by Manitoba Hydro, Sport Manitoba Coaching, Team Manitoba, Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame, Fit Kids Healthy Kids, and KidSport. Services provided include the Sport Manitoba Clinic, Sport Manitoba Performance, Sport Manitoba Fitness Centre, and the Paul Robson Resource Centre for Leadership and Coaching.   -30-
For more information please contact:
Patrick Kirby
Director of Sport
Sport Manitoba
204-797-6226
pat.kirby@sportmanitoba.ca

OR
Sarah Tone
Communications Coordinator
Sport Manitoba
431-778-5796
sarah.tone@sportmanitoba.ca