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OFSAA announces 2021 spring championships cancelled due to pandemic

‘We eagerly look forward to the time when athletes and coaches can safely return to competition’
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The 2019 OFSAA cross-country championships, which were held at Kivi Park in Sudbury, are seen here in this file photo. (File)

The Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) has announced its 2021 spring championships and festivals have been cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

“OFSAA supports the health and safety measures currently instituted by Public Health and the Government of Ontario,” said OFSAA president Nick Rowe, in a Feb. 5 statement.

“Despite this disappointing news, we wish to reiterate our continued support for sports and activity for the benefit of students’ physical and mental well-being. School sports play a vital role in education and in the lives of students.

“We know that the coming months present uncertainty, but we eagerly look forward to the time when athletes and coaches can safely return to competition in our provincial championships and festivals!”

Rowe said OFSAA’s Return To Sports Working Group will continue to meet and assess the viability of OFSAA events as the situation evolves. 

He said as vaccines become more widely distributed, the group is hopeful for a return of OFSAA events as soon as possible. In the meantime, the organization has introduced new programs such as virtual challenges, the OFSAA Café and a newly-announced Student Forum.