OCAA pulls plug on fall sports
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A day after the Ontario University Athletics pulled the plug on fall sports; the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) has done the same.
Officials say the decision means varsity sports for the fall term is cancelled for the OCAA’s 27 schools, which includes Canadore College. Sports affected include baseball, softball, rugby, rugby sevens, outdoor soccer, golf, and cross country running.
“In collaboration with our members, extensive contingency planning, and aligned with current fall academic delivery models, this is a difficult, but necessary decision in order to protect the health and well-being of all of our student-athletes, coaches, and staff,” said OCAA President, Nathan McFadden. “The safety of the entire OCAA membership and our participants is our top priority, but we understand and share the deep disappointment this especially causes for our 4,000 student-athletes.
“We will get through this, and when we resume competition, the viability of the OCAA will be more important than ever before in uniting both our campuses and communities together in sport,” McFadden added.
Officials add sports slated to begin in the winter 2021 term are scheduled to take place on a reduced schedule. Those sports include basketball, volleyball, badminton, curling, and indoor soccer. The OCAA says they will continue to monitor the evolving situation on an ongoing basis and will make decisions based on public health and safety in regards to the well-being of our student-athletes and membership as a whole.