The Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec (RSEQ) announced today that there will be no formal fall sports competitions at the university level in 2020.
This means the Concordia Stingers soccer, rugby, football and cross-country teams will not have regular seasons, playoffs or championships this year.
Soccer and cross-country are permitted “activities involving at least two different teams” which allows Concordia to look at exhibition and scrimmage possibilities.
However, the RSEQ announced, “no inter-team activities will be permitted in football and rugby.”
The difficult decision unveiled today was the latest in a long line of announcements from amateur sports associations with respect to competition during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The situation is unfortunate,” said Brad Collinson, head coach of the Concordia football team. “Everyone is disappointed, but at least we know what is happening this fall and we can move forward.
“We’ve been training since June and we will train tomorrow. We’ll use this year to build on what we started.”
U Sports and the regional university conferences, including the RSEQ, are expected to address the possibility of competition in basketball and hockey by mid-October.