THE 50th anniversary of the annual NSW Koori Knockout, scheduled to be held in the Shoalhaven across the October long weekend, has been postponed until 2021.
Following a meeting on Friday between the South Coast Black Cockatoos committee and Shoalhaven City councillor, John Wells, it was decided the Bomaderry Sporting Complex event will be pushed back 12 months - due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Black Cockatoos committee then discussed their tough decision on Saturday with all of last year's team delegates - marking the first time the carnival has ever been postponed.
It was a special win, dedicated to the late James Wellington who passed away in 2018.
Teams come from all over the state to be part of the carnival, while numerous current and former NRL players also take part.
A large number of teams from the wider Bathurst region regularly take part while there have been players from the city such as Kate Fallon and the Rose brothers compete for sides from other regions.
Planning for the three-day event in 2021, which is expected to attract more than 150 teams across a number of different divisions and up to an estimated 40,000 spectators to the area, has already begun - with October 2-4 being pencilled in.