A major sporting event in the city has been cancelled by the national organization.

Special Olympics Canada announced it was cancelling the 2022 Summer Games in the city.

Organizers said no regional qualifications are happening this year, and provincial games next year are unlikely due to the COVID -19 pandemic.

City representatives expressed both understanding and disappointment in the announcement.

National CEO Sharon Bollenbach said Special Olympics Canada is very open to considering Medicine Hat as a future host.