‘Confident we can meet those challenges’ Melbourne’s plan to host major sporting events

Sporting chiefs are planning on ways to ensure Melbourne can stage major sporting events after Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews flagged a return to spectators at major events as long as Covid cases remained at low levels.

The government expects the Spring Racing Carnival, the Boxing Day Test, the Australian Open and the F1 Grand Prix to go ahead in Melbourne.

“In the era of coronavirus there are challenges all over the world when it comes to holding major events – whether it’s getting participants through quarantine or ensuring socially distanced crowds,” Tourism, Sport and Major Events Minister Martin Pakula told the Sunday Herald Sun.

“But we are working with our partners and we are very confident we can meet those challenges, provided we can continue to drive infection numbers down.”

Scenarios suggested for the Australian Open include a quarantine system to allow international tennis players and their support staff and families to enter Melbourne.