The 2020 UCI Road World Championships will no longer take place in Switzerland but could be moved elsewhere, it was announced on Wednesday.
The event was scheduled to take place from September 20 until September 27 in Aigle and Martigny but that was deemed inviable after the Swiss Federal Council maintained a ban on gatherings of over 1,000 people due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The UCI stated it would seek an alternative host to ensure the championships still go ahead, with a final decision to be taken by September 1.
"Our federation, which was greatly looking forward to welcoming the world's best riders to 'its' home, close to its headquarters and its training centre in Aigle, shares the disappointment of the athletes, national teams, organisers and everyone implicated in this exceptional project," the UCI said in a statement.
"Given the sporting importance of the UCI Road World Championships for cycling, the UCI would like to clarify that it will work towards finding an alternative project to ensure the 2020 edition of the event can take place, with the priority being in Europe and at the dates initially scheduled. It could include all or some of the planned races.
"The UCI will look for a host city that would be able to provide a route as challenging as that in Aigle-Martigny and which would therefore suit the same type of riders who had initially planned to participate in Switzerland.
"Conscious that time is of the essence for the athletes, the national federations and all implicated parties, the UCI will communicate more information as soon as possible and will take a final decision by September 1 at the latest."
Source – OPTA