ISA has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 ISA International Tree Climbing Championship (ITCC) in Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S., scheduled for 7-9 August 2020. The decision comes with thoughtful discussions on evolving developments, potential international travel restrictions, cancelled tree climbing events that qualify for the ITCC including the ISA Asia Pacific Tree Climbing Championship and the ISA European Tree Climbing Championship, respect for our volunteers time and efforts in uncertain economic climates, and ultimately the health and safety of all involved in hosting the event.
While we are incredibly disappointed to have to cancel this event, we hope this early announcement relieves undue uncertainty during these trying times for our components, climbers, sponsors, and volunteers who make the event successful.
We appreciate the value our climbers, participating components and organizations, sponsors, volunteers, and other stakeholders place on this event and their patience and understanding in this challenging decision. We also must thank the ISA Rocky Mountain Chapter for their leadership, dedication, and commitment as the event hosts. We will take this opportunity to ensure that the 2021 ISA Tree Climbing Championships, including the 2021 ISA International Tree Climbing Championship in Copenhagen, Denmark are the most successful events possible. Thank you for supporting ISA, and we look forward to once again hosting these important and meaningful competitions in the coming year.
Based on the current situation, ISA continues to plan on holding the 2020 Annual International Conference and Trade Show, planned for 9-12 August in Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S. However, with the ongoing developments surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19), ISA is monitoring the evolving climate and reviewing information shared by global organizations, health authorities, and local and federal government agencies. We will continue to act in the best interest of our organization and those who will be attending our conference. We will communicate any changes in our event as we have confirmed details.