2020 has been an unusual time for all of us as Covid-19 (coronavirus) has swept across the world. With restrictions on movement and lockdowns imposed in many nations we have seen many day to day activities - meeting friends and families, going to work, leisure time and more disrupted or sometimes not possible at all.
Virtus supports more than 500,000 athletes around the world and most have been unable to train in their regular facilities, meet the coaches or with their clubs and of course competition has been cancelled or postponed almost everywhere.
Throughout the pandemic Virtus has continued to support our member organisations and athletes through greater online services. This has included regular consultation meetings, videos of athletes training at home such as this great one from athlete ambassador Lenine Cunha.
In the coming weeks we will also be launching new online events and 'virtual' competitions and we have been working on our strategic priorities for the 2021-2024 and are excited to be launching these shortly.
Although we have cancelled all events in 2020 we continue to prepare for a full competition programe next year. We remain cautious and will be working closely with governments and health authorities to ensure the safety of athletes and participants - but are convinced that sport will play a vital role in the health, social and economic recovery in the years ahead.
Unfortunately Virtus does not qualify for government funding or the financial support that has been made available to some not-for-profit organisations during the pandemic. Your help - following us on social media, sharing our stories and updates, donations and assistance - have been all the more appreicated during this difficult period and now more than ever we would like to thankyou for your support.
However you have been affected by the current pandemic, we hope that the weeks ahead see a return to more normal times and please continue to visit our website and follow our social media as we bring updates and plans for the future.
With best wishes to all Virtus supporters everywhere.