By Luke Power
British Universities & Faculties Sport (BUCS), the governing physique for college sport within the UK, has introduced that the 2020-21 BUCS League and Knockout season has been cancelled, which means most university-level sports activities won’t be performed competitively this tutorial 12 months.
The one potential exception could also be cricket; the Outside Cricket League remains to be meant to go forward in Easter Time period, although there isn’t any assure that it will go forward.
It is usually hoped that particular person sporting occasions can happen later within the 12 months. These wouldn’t happen till no less than March, and wouldn’t be an alternative choice to an everyday season. No groups might be promoted or relegated this 12 months. Data on particular sporting occasions will grow to be out there on the BUCS website.
The choice was taken by BUCS because of the Covid-19 pandemic and the unpredictable nature of nationwide restrictions. In an announcement, BUCS wrote: “To place competitors on throughout this time would danger participant welfare and security, and that isn’t an opportunity we’re keen to take. Our goal is to stay versatile and react to the altering scenario as shortly as doable.
“Over the previous couple of months, we did all we might to try to make sport occur. We very a lot recognise the significance of sport, and the half it performs within the bodily and psychological wellbeing of scholars, particularly in the intervening time.”
Durham has traditionally carried out very nicely in these nationwide leagues: the College has perennially ranked within the high three since 2012. Till just lately, groups had been wanting ahead to restarting fixtures in some capability this time period.
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