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OTTAWA, Ontario — Ontario University Athletics has confirmed the cancellation of all varsity sport events for the winter term of the 2020-21 season. The announcement was made by the governing body in a statement this afternoon, effectively extending the presently cancelled fall term:
“Ontario University Athletics (OUA), under the direction of its Board of Directors, announces the cancellation of all OUA-sanctioned sport programming and championships up to March 31, 2021. In line with the previous decision regarding 1st Term Sport, this difficult decision was based on provincial public health guidelines and with the health and well-being of all OUA participants at the forefront. Given recent increases in cases across the province, it has become clear that OUA-sanctioned Return to Competition would not be safe for the 2nd Term.”
While the year has been trying on all athletes and staff, Assistant Vice President of Recreation and Athletics Jennifer Brenning says the move was made to protect the health of everyone involved in varsity sport.
“It has been a very difficult time on all of our student-athletes,” says Brenning. “The decision made by the OUA was made with their health and safety as a top priority. “We will continue to support their health, training and development to the best of our abilities and with all the safety measures in place during these challenging times. We look forward to watching them in the near future competing in the sport that they love.”