OUA Hits Pause On University Sports

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Burke Bechard jwith the University of Guelph – Photo by Karyn Stepien

Ontario University Athletics, the governing body for University sport in Ontario has hit pause on all sports, immediately.

“With this pause, OUA programming (scrimmages, exhibition games, tournaments, league competition, championships), which was originally scheduled to start back up on January 6th, will commence no earlier than Monday, January 24th. This decision and corresponding timeline have been established in an effort to better allow member institutions to assess the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on student-life programming and allow for student-athletes to have sufficient time to properly train and prepare for the winter championship stretch run,” the OUA wrote.

OUA schools including the University of Windsor, Western University, and others will now need to wait to see if, or when, University sport will return.

“The OUA and its Board of Directors want to assure student-athletes and coaches that every effort will be made to deliver sport in the winter, all while keeping the health and safety of all OUA stakeholders at the forefront of any decisions.”

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