Ontario university sports cancelled until at least March 31 due to COVID-19

October 16, 2020
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Lakehead University's Thunderwolves teams will be on the bench for several more months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ontario University Athletics (OUA) announced Thursday that it was cancelling all sanctioned sport programming and championships until at least March 31, 2021.

It's an extension of an earlier OUA decision that saw all sports put on hold until the end of December 2020, and falls in line with a decision by U Sports – which governs university sports nationally in Canada – to cancel its winter championships in basketball, hockey, swimming, track and field, volleyball and wrestling; Curling Canada has also announced it had suspended the 2021 university curling championship.

"I think we all realize that the decision is made in the best interests of the health and safety of our students, and of our community," said Lakehead University athletic director Tom Warden. "But you still have a reaction where you're disappointed."

"The consequences to our student athletes and our programs are significant."

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