The body U SPORTS, which governs the conduct of university sport in Canada, announced Monday the cancellation of its six national championships to be held in the fall, including the Vanier Cup, because of the pandemic of the COVID-19.
The Vanier Cup is awarded each year to the best team in college football in the country. At the most recent presentation, on the 23rd of November last, the Carabins of the Université de Montréal had lowered the flag in front of the Dinos, University of Calgary, at the Stade Telus in Quebec city.
The semi-finals of the national leading up to the Vanier Cup, that is to say, the Cup Mitchell Cup and Uteck, are also cancelled. The other championships that are affected by this decision U SPORTS are field hockey, soccer male and female, in women’s rugby and cross-country male and female.
The host universities chosen to host these championships in 2020 will be able to accommodate them in the following years.
“U SPORTS has worked hard with the four conferences, our 56 member institutions and medical experts to examine the feasibility of presenting our national championships to fall this season,” said Lisette Johnson-Stapley, chief of the sports U SPORTS, by way of a press release. Taking into account the realities of academic university sports, we have arrived where we had to make a difficult decision.”
Since university classes will be at a distance at the start of September, U SPORTS has preferred not to complicate things. The agency will now work with the public health across Canada to prepare for a return to the game in the winter of 2021.
This decision will also lead to changes at the level of the scholarship program.
The RSEQ will be a time of reflection
On the side of the réseau du sport étudiant du Québec (RSEQ), no such cancellation has been announced, even if the other three canadian conferences (Canada West university Sport in Ontario and university Sports of the Atlantic) have followed in the steps of U SPORTS by not running not programming for the fall of 2020.
“The réseau du sport étudiant will be ready as soon as the public health we will give the green light, said the president-director general of the organization, Gustave Roel, via a press release. For the moment, no one announced the cancellation of our seasons, since the situation is changing so quickly.”
It is also said to rely on the latest announcements made by the minister for Education, Isabelle Charest, who has spoken several times of the revival of sporting activities in the last days.