The Ontario Colleges Athletic Association announced today the decision to suspend varsity sports and recreation activities planned for the 2020 fall semester. The decision was made in response to the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic.
“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.”
Sports affected by the suspension of the OCAA 2020 varsity sports fall schedule are baseball, softball, rugby, rugby sevens, outdoor soccer, golf, and cross country running.
For the 2021 winter semester, the sports of basketball, volleyball, badminton, curling, and indoor soccer are currently planned to take place, but with reduced schedules.