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ACAA's decision on whether to play winter sports expected in November

The Atlantic Collegiate Athletics Association will make a decision next month whether winter sports will be played.

In a conference call this week, the presidents of the 10 ACAA institutions agreed to make a decision by mid-November pending a review of a conference-wide return to play plan drafted by the conference’s athletics directors.

This will affect varsity winter sport competitions for badminton, basketball and volleyball.

The plan will need approval by the Atlantic region’s three provincial health authorities before proceeding.

On Wednesday, the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association announced it will cancel all winter CCAA championships (badminton, basketball and volleyball) due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

That decision was made in response to the sport restrictions that are in place across the country, the variety of provincial health restrictions CCAA hosts were facing and the limitations effecting travel of teams across the country.

“One of our guiding principles during the pandemic has been the safety of our student-athletes and our decision to cancel the winter championships was made with this in mind,” CCAA president Vince Amato said in a news release.

“We know that the disappointment is being felt by everyone in the CCAA right now, but without an indication of the situation greatly improving, we feel that our decision, while not an easy one, is the right one.”

The ACAA cancelled its first-semester sports – soccer, cross-country and rugby – back in June.

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