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Ontario University Athletics Cancels 2021 Winter Season

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OUA Cancels All Programs for 2021 Winter Season

Ontario University Athletics (OUA), under the direction of its Board of Directors, announced the cancellation of all OUA-sanctioned sport programming and championships up to March 31, 2021. This conclusion 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 became clear that OUA-sanctioned Return to Competition would not be safe for the 2nd Term.

“While we would love nothing more than to see our student-athletes back on the field of play and participating in OUA-sanctioned competition during the 2nd Term, we are not yet at a place where that can occur safely. As disappointing as that reality is, I am confident that our participants will continue to demonstrate their resolve and determination through these exceptional circumstances and as we work toward an eventual safe return to competition. A decision like this is never easy to make. To continue to uphold the health and safety of all participants, however, it remains a necessary step to take, and I commend the OUA Board of Directors for their work and decision-making throughout this process.” – Gord Grace, OUA President and CEO

For the Lancers, this applies to all varsity sport programs, including those that do not compete in OUA and U SPORTS.

“This decision will be disappointing for many; particularly for our student-athletes and coaches,” commented Mike Havey, UWindsor Director of Athletics. “The University of Windsor will continue to support the health and safety and the competitive aspirations of out student-athletes as we journey together toward a safe return to sport competition.”

University athletic departments may continue to determine their Return to Train guidelines on their respective campuses, and effective January 1, 2021 are responsible for determining any involvement in member-driven competitions/exhibition games, as per their institution’s policies and within regional and public health guidelines.

The Lancers have just recently returned to training and will continue to do so while abiding by our institutional polices and procedures, and the directive of public health authorities.

The OUA Board of Directors will continue to monitor the status of COVID-19 across the province and reserves the right to adjust these decisions on an on-going basis.

At the national level, U SPORTS has also confirmed the cancellation of all national championships for the 2nd Term.

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