Isle of Man TT 2021 cancelled

Supersport race 2016 Parliament Square LR3

Published on 1 December 2020 by Mike Waters

The Isle of Man TT for 2021 has been cancelled by the island’s government for the second year running.

Already cancelled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it had been hoped that it would be possible to hold 2021’s iteration of the world-famous event from May 30-June 11 2021. However, 2021’s event has now been cancelled too for the same reason.

Commenting, Minister for Enterprise Laurence Skelly MHK said: “We do not underestimate the disappointment that this decision will cause to many people. However, we are making an early, logical decision to provide certainty and clarity to race fans and everyone else involved in the event.

“The TT relies on thousands of volunteers and officials across a wide range of organisations and we could not move responsibly towards a positive decision to proceed in planning for 2021, which would involve committing to welcoming tens of thousands of people to the Island in June, despite the progress towards a vaccination programme globally and on the Island.

“We evaluated all possible options including moving the TT to a date later in the year but there are complexities and risks, including scaling up of certain infrastructure and critical delivery elements of the TT, as well as existing resident and visitor travel in late August, which would cause further disruption to thousands of people.

“To the fans around the world, I would say that we are really sorry to have to make this decision, but that we sincerely hope that we will still see you at some point next year.”   

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Picture credit: Competitors entering Parliament Square in Ramsey on the Isle of Man during TT race week in 2016. Photograph by James Daw (Flickr), used under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic Licence (cropped)