Events SA confirms Tour Down Under to go ahead in 2021

Events SA is determined to push ahead with The Santos Tour Down Under in January, but may scale it back to a national competition depending on the status of Australia’s international borders.

Its WorldTour status will depend on international travel re-opening or fast response COVID testing similar to the type being used at this month’s Tour de France.

Events SA executive director Hitaf Rasheed told The Advertiser the event team “is working incredibly hard behind the scenes” to deliver the tour.

“We are committed to delivering the Santos Tour Down Under for South Australia and creating an event that is safe for all,” he said.

“At the same time and like many organisations and events, we are working on a number of different scenarios to ensure it is a COVID-safe event for our spectators, teams and all key stakeholders.

“Many of these scenarios are dependent upon external parties and actions, such as border closures, quarantine restrictions, flights and access into South Australia.

“We are also keen to make sure that whatever we deliver aligns with community sentiment. Ultimately our response to COVID-19 is a work in progress and we continue to work very closely and take advice from SA Health and SAPOL.”

In a mark of confidence, the TDU’s naming right’s sponsor Santos has reaffirmed its commitment to the race. The tour is slated to run on January 14-24.