Upon further review, the Empire State Games will remain on hiatus this summer.
The Empire State Sports Foundation, the Rochester-based nonprofit created to revive the Olympic-style sports event, said a lack of funding is preventing the return of the games in Rochester this July.
“While preparing for the relaunch of the ESG Summer Games, we found out that NY’s corporate partners have been giving any extra funds to Hurricane Sandy relief, leaving little room to support other worthy causes,” read a statement on empirestatesummergames.org. “Rochester remains fully prepared to host the Games in 2014. We will take full advantage of the next 18 months to ensure that the Games are world class.”
This is the fourth time in five years the Games won’t be held.
The Games, created in 1978, were a staple of the summer until the state stopped funding it in 2009 due to money problems. After a year off, the Games returned in 2010 to Buffalo and were highly successful in large part due to private sponsorship.
The state planned to host the ESG in the Rochester area in 2011 but pulled the plug in November 2010 when it stopped funding the Games program. The Empire Sports Foundation then reached an agreement with the state to run the event.