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Mar, 2020

PONY to Cancel European Championships Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

PONY TO CANCEL EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS DUE TO CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

As a valued member of the PONY family, we appreciate the trust you place in us and our people worldwide when you participate in local league games and our international events. After careful consideration and discussion with our partner teams and organizations throughout Europe we have decided to cancel the 2020 PONY European Championship in Prague scheduled for April.

This will impact the European Champions in Prague in the following age groups

Pony League Baseball (14U)  

Colt League Baseball (16U)

Pony League Softball (14U)   

Colt League Softball (16U)

In the current European environment it’s important for all of us to care about the health and safety of youth baseball and softball players throughout the continent.

“We are very disappointed that our European Championships will not take place, but the health and safety of the players, the local community, fans, volunteers, umpires, sponsors, vendors, and everyone involved with the event is of paramount importance,” stated Abraham Key, President of PONY Baseball and Softball. “We are discussing opportunities for 2020 World Series participation and future events in Europe and are in the process of discussing multiple options.”

“There is too great a risk, at this time, to all participating teams, coaches, umpires, organizers and parents,” said PONY European Zone Director Jan Bagin, “It is not in the public interest of the European community for this tournament to proceed. We all have to join together to protect the European community from the coronavirus outbreak. We believe that all of you understand this decision which organizers are taking to ensure public health and safety.”

PONY has been preparing for such a scenario. As a global brand, we have been closely monitoring and working with health experts including the European Centre for Disease and Control (ECDC), the World Health Organization (WHO) and local health authorities worldwide. We are in constant contact with them to make sure our policies and procedures meet or exceed their guidelines.

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