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2022 Arctic Winter Games in Wood Buffalo postponed out of COVID-19 concerns

The Arctic Winter Games International Committee will postpone the 2022 games in Wood Buffalo, Alberta, Canada.

According to a Wednesday, March 3, 3021, news release, the committee, the host society, Wood Buffalo municipality and the government of Alberta made the decision out of concern for the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The health and safety of our circumpolar participants, coaches and volunteers is of paramount concern,"  International Committee President John Flynn said in the news release. "Although it is a great disappointment that we must postpone the 2022 Arctic Winter Games, we are steadfast in our decision.” 

New dates for the 2022 games have not been set.

The Arctic Winter Games are scheduled every two years. The multi-sport event and Indigenous cultural celebration incorporates communities and participants from around the Circumpolar North.

The 2020 games in Whitehorse were canceled because of coronavirus.

The release did not state how a potential rescheduling of the 2022 games would affect the 2024 games, which are scheduled to be in Alaska.

Originally from the Midwest, Tripp Crouse (Ojibwe, a descendent of Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, pronouns: they/them) has 15-plus years in print, web and radio journalism. Tripp first moved to Alaska in 2016 to work with KTOO Public Media in Juneau. And later moved to Anchorage in 2018 to work with KNBA and Koahnic Broadcast Corporation.
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