Stawell Gift abandoned, could be run later this year

The 2020 Stawell Gift has been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak, though the race could potentially be rescheduled for later in the year.

Just weeks after being given a financial bailout by the Victorian government to allow it to continue this year, the historic footrace has been forced to cancel.

The Stawell Gift has been abandoned due to the coronavirus pandemic.Credit:AAP

The Victorian government's state of emergency has meant that the race, normally held over the Easter weekend culminating in the gift on Easter Monday, has had to be abandoned.

All non-essential mass gatherings of 500 or more people in Victoria are currently banned.

There is potential for the race to be rescheduled to a date later in the year.

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