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The running of the week long Classic Outback Trial is still in the planning phase, but organisers are hopeful of the event's viability in August. “With the Classic Outback Trial (COT) scheduled to be held some four months away in early August and because it is unclear what the situation will be then, we are going ahead with plans to conduct the 7 day, 33 special stage event” Philip Bernadou, the Event Director, announced. “Being a National dirt rally, with 7 days of competition over a 10 day period, the event will bring considerable income to the areas in which it is conducted. Given the present restrictions put in place by various authorities to curb the virus, bringing the COT to the area will be welcomed by locals and businesses if it can be conducted”. “The nature of a rally means there are no large gatherings of participants during the competition each day, as they travel independently around the course. We will be able to adapt the event to meet the NSW Health requirements for non-essential organised gatherings by fewer than 500 attendees. The event itself has an attendance of around 350 individuals such as competitors, service crews and officials.” COVID-19 has played its part in cancelling or postponing the majority of sporting events around the world. "If, in due course, it is not possible to conduct the event in August, the COT will be postponed to later in the year, or even to 2021 – subject to acceptance by Motorsport Australia under whose auspices the event is conducted," the statement said.
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