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16 January 2020
Officials have cancelled a 2020 Horsham triathlon, citing river depth and health as the motivating factor.
Tri Horsham director Mark Pumpa said organisers had decided to cancel the February 8 event after careful consideration.
"We are concerned about the depth of the river at Sawyer Park and the general health of the water," he said.
"We have a duty of care to our competitors and we just couldn't guarantee the river would be right."
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"An environmental flow has gone through but the real possibility of blue-green algae blooming in February convinced us to cancel now before we were forced to. It's a shame because everything is ready to go.”
Mr Pumpa floated the possibility of moving the event to March in the future.
"We've been lucky for the last eight years with the event and a move to a March date either before or after Horsham Fishing Competition might work.”
Officials made the decision despite an absence of warnings or updates regarding water quality or depth in Horsham weir pool.