A MAJOR sporting event in Glasgow has been cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic 

Organiser have confirmed the British Athletic Indoor Championships will no longer go ahead as planned next month. 

Athletics chiefs say measures to test those attending the event, due to be held in the East End's Emirates Arena, would not "sufficiently mitigate the risks". 

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In previous years, the likes of Laura Muir and Jemma Reekie have shot to fame following success in Glasgow. 

A spokesperson for organisers British Athletics aid: "The decision was taken in light of the ongoing pandemic to ensure the safety of all those due to participate; athletes, coaches, technical officials, volunteers, event and venue staff as well as protecting the Glasgow community.

"At the present time, the process of testing all those attending the Championships from across the UK, seen as an essential measure, would not sufficiently mitigate the risks.

"British Athletics recognises our wider social responsibility to reduce COVID-19 transmission and to not over-burden the NHS.

HeraldScotland: Laura Muir has enjoyed success in Glasgow in the past Laura Muir has enjoyed success in Glasgow in the past

"Whilst elite sport has been granted the privilege of an exemption to enable training and competition to continue, the logistics of safely staging a national championships comprising approximately 500+ attendees based across the UK and overseas need to be balanced with the risks to those involved, the local community, and the current medical climate." 

Organisers say they will "explore" a smaller, Covid-19 compliant event to provide athletes with a qualification opportunity for future competition. 

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