Clock ticking for America’s Cup teams

by Matt Brown, New Zealand Herald
Two of Team New Zealand’s rivals have expressed a growing frustration at the lack of information from the Government on an issue which could put New Zealand’s hosting of the 2021 America’s Cup in jeopardy.

D-day is fast looming for America’s Cup syndicates wanting to get their foreign nationals into New Zealand ahead of the 36th battle for the Auld Mug next March. For now, only New Zealand citizens and permanent residents can enter, and must undergo 14 days of quarantine on arrival.

Some America’s Cup challengers claim they have had no indication from Government as to when they might be able to get their foreign nationals into the country, and there is a growing feeling that if Cup personnel cannot be on the ground by early July, the challengers will push for a delay of the America’s Cup for up to a year, or even worse, lobby for the regatta to be moved offshore…

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