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All university sports cancelled until at least January

Ontario University Athletics announces sports cancelled until Dec. 31
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Tommy Yanchus of the Guelph Gryphons drives past a Western Mustang. Tony Saxon/GuelphToday file photo

All university sports across the country have been cancelled until at least the new year.

"With continued public health concerns due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, Ontario University Athletics (OUA) under the direction of its Board of Directors and U SPORTS have made the difficult decision to cancel all sanctioned sport programming and championships up to December 31st, 2020," said a news release sent out on Monday.
"The University of Guelph, Department of Athletics has canceled all fall competition in accordance with the OUA and U SPORTS decision that was announced Monday afternoon. This cancellation also includes all Gryphon intra-club programs."

The U of G said sports that take place over both semesters, such as basketball and volleyball, could see a condensed schedule starting in January if allowed.

There is also the chance some fall sports could take place in the winter, although nothing has been decided on.

The biggest loss to the University of Guelph will be the cancellation of the 10-game football season, which was set to start the last week of August.

"Athletics is the heartbeat of the U of G campus and while we share in the disappointment with our student-athletes, coaches, staff and fans, our primary responsibility is the safety of our people and our community," said Scott McRoberts, Director of Athletics. "It is now our full intention to push forward together with our governing sport bodies and our univesity to get back to sport soooner than later."