College athletes throughout Canada gained’t be given the prospect to compete for a championship this winter.
On Thursday, U Sports activities introduced that it can not supply the 2021 Winter Nationwide Championships as a result of ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
“Following consultations with the 4 conferences, we agreed that student-athlete security stays our prime precedence,” stated Dick White, U Sports activities interim chief government officer.
“It’s not logistically attainable for groups to be travelling throughout the nation right now. Due to this fact, U Sports activities is within the unlucky place the place we’re unable to supply the 2021 winter championships.”
The impacted occasions embrace the ladies’s and males’s championships in basketball, hockey, swimming, monitor and discipline, volleyball and wrestling. Curling Canada beforehand introduced the suspension of the 2021 college championships.
Well being and security are the principle purpose for the cancellation.
“You will need to contemplate the affect on the under-30 college demographic,” stated Dr. Taryn Taylor, U Sports activities chief medical officer and consultant on the Personal the Podium Return to Sports activities Process Pressure.
“Because the variety of instances rise throughout the second wave of COVID-19, and with out an out there vaccine, on-going sports activities restrictions are required to make sure student-athlete well being and security.”
One other important purpose for the announcement is the number of native and provincial well being restrictions dealing with championship hosts.
“U Sports activities is exclusive in that we provide 9 winter championships in 9 totally different components of the nation,” stated Lisette Johnson-Stapley, U SPORTS chief sport officer.
“Our hosts are dealing with a wide range of challenges because of COVID-19, together with journey restrictions and limits on public indoor gatherings that affect occasion planning. We stay up for offering the hosts of the cancelled 2021 nationwide championships the chance to host in future years.”
Reporter, Kelowna Capital Information
Universities and Faculties