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Coronavirus latest: Shimano pulls out of US shows as IWA OutdoorClassics sets new dates

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The Coronavirus has cast a shadow over fishing tackle trade shows across the world, including the recent Osaka event in Japan.

Tackle giant Shimano has pulled out of three fishing events across the US this weekend as the Coronavirus pandemic spreads there.

The news comes as the organiser of the IWA OutdoorClassics in Germany, one of the world’s largest trade shows of its kind, announced a new date after cancelling the March event last week.

Shimano has pulled out of the Fred Hall Long Beach Show, the Houston Fishing Show and the Bassmaster Classic. In a statement it said: “After significant deliberation, Shimano has decided not to attend these shows due to escalating concerns about the Coronavirus and any potential post show quarantine for our team. 

“The health and wellness of our employees and continuance of our business are top priorities in this continually developing situation.”

Originally set to take place from March 6th to 9th, the IWA OutdoorClassics will now be held at the Nuremberg Exhibition Centre from September 3rd to 6th. The event will also be moved to September in the coming years.

The show is the highest profile outdoor leisure event to fall victim to the pandemic and follows in the footsteps of China Fish and Kofish, which were both postponed earlier this year.

A new date has yet to be announced for China Fish, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary, while Kofish, due to take place from March 13th to 15th, will now be held from June 5th to 7th.

There is speculation surrounding Europe’s top fishing trade show, EFTTEX, in Prague, but at the time of going to press the event is believed to be going ahead as planned.

A statement issued on behalf of the organiser of the IWA OutdoorClassics read: “The protection of the health and safety of exhibitors, visitors and employees is a top priority for NürnbergMesse. In awareness of this responsibility and after careful consideration, the Management Board decided to postpone the event due to take place in March.”

Petra Wolf, Member of the Management Board of NürnbergMesse, added: “We expressly thank all customers, partners and media representatives for the understanding they have shown regarding our decision to postpone the IWA OutdoorClassics 2020.

“We are pleased about the high level of commitment in the industry – after intensive deliberations and numerous positive discussions with national and international customers, we have chosen a new date at the beginning of September that will apply in the coming years.”

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