There will be no London Sports Hall of Fame induction this year.
The decision to delay the selection of 2020 inductees, until the uncertainty resulting from COVID – 19 has passed, was made by the Hall of Fame committee and approved by its overseeing body, the London Sports Council.
“No final selection of 2020 inductees has been made and those eligible will remain on the nomination list for next year,” says Tom Dalby, Chair of the Hall of Fame committee.
This marks the first time since the inaugural induction in 2002 that the announcement of inductees, normally taking place in May or early June and the official induction ceremony in November, has been cancelled.
“Putting the November event together involves lining up sponsors and program advertisers, producing inductee plaques, developing video presentations honoring the inductees, selling tickets to the event, and arranging a suitable venue,” Mr. Dalby says. “COVID – 19 and the uncertainty associated with the pandemic make all of that impossible to achieve this year.”
To date, 99 individuals and 13 teams have been named to the Hall. Their plaques are on display at Budweiser Gardens and the videos honoring them are on the Hall’s website – www.londonsportshalloffame.com.