Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling’s Governing Board are bitterly disappointed to inform competitors, officials and followers that there will be no competitive wrestling this Summer season.

The decision was reached at a zoom meeting held on 20th July following the Government’s Step 4 announcement.

At a previous Governing Board meeting (23rd June) all senior CWWA Championships for 2021 were cancelled but it was still hoped that the six Junior Championships would go ahead subject to the ease of Government restrictions and a reduced Covid-19 infection rate.

A spokesperson from the governing body said: “Although Step 4 in the Government’s roadmap brought the lifting of all restrictions; allowing competitive wrestling for all ages to resume, the CWWA Governing Board considered the Covid-19 infection rate too high to proceed.

“Another factor in reaching the decision was the ever increasing number of CWWA affiliated events sadly making the decision to cancel, including the prestigious Grasmere Sports. Only 13 events remained on the wrestling calendar, some of which were still uncertain.”

The next CWWA Governing Board meeting is scheduled for 16th September when the start of indoor training will be reviewed.

Should infection rates drop significantly, the date of the meeting may be brought forward to enable an earlier start.

For some this decision will cause much disappointment but the safety of the wrestlers, their families, the officials and followers are of paramount importance.