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5/28/20

by: 2021 Canada Games Host Society

16U BOYS & GIRLS BOX LACROSSE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS, 2020 MINTO CUP CANCELLED DUE TO ONGOING COVID-19 PANDEMIC

The 16U Boys & Girls Box Lacrosse National Championships and the 2020 Minto Cup were originally scheduled to take place from August 15th to 22nd, 2020 in St. Catharines, Ont.

May 27, 2020 (Niagara, ON) – With continued public health concerns due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Canadian Lacrosse Association, in consultation with the 2021 Canada Games Host Society, the Ontario Junior A Council (OJALL) and the St. Catharines Junior A Athletics Lacrosse Club, has made the difficult decision to cancel both this year’s 16U Boys & Girls Box Lacrosse National Championships, along with the 2020 Minto Cup. 

The 16U Box Lacrosse National Championships were originally set to take place from August 15th to 22nd at Seymour-Hannah Sports & Entertainment Centre in St. Catharines, Ont.  Meanwhile, the 2020 Minto Cup was also scheduled for the same week in August at the Meridian Centre in St. Catharines as well.

This decision was based on recommendations from public health experts in an effort to guarantee the health and safety of all of the athletes, coaches, officials, support staff, volunteers and spectators that would have attended the events. Other contributing factors included logistical concerns, team selection timelines, venue availability, limited travel between provinces, and adequate training opportunities.

“Although we are disappointed that the 16U National Box Lacrosse Championships and the 2020 Minto Cup were cancelled, we fully support the decision made by the Canadian Lacrosse Association,” added Doug Hamilton, Board Chair of the 2021 Canada Games Host Society. “We remain excited that the Niagara 2021 Canada Summer Games will feature the first-ever indoor lacrosse competition in Canada Games history. We also look forward to discussing the opportunity to host the Minto Cup in St. Catharines next summer.”

“In our ongoing conversations with the OJALL governors, we are thankful they continue to value the partnership of these events, and remain committed to St. Catharines as host of the Minto Cup in 2021,” said Paul Coates, President of the St. Catharines Athletics. “Therefore, as much as we are disappointed with today’s announcement, we are looking forward to working with the Niagara 2021 Host Society with respect to the planning and preparation for the 2021 Minto Cup”.

The box lacrosse competitions at the Niagara 2021 Canada Summer Games are expected to be held at Canada Games Park, which will be a new state-of-the-art sport and recreation complex located next to Brock University’s main campus. Although field lacrosse was last featured at the 1985 Canada Games in Saint John, N.B., no indoor lacrosse competition has ever been held at the Canada Games.

About the Niagara 2021 Canada Summer Games

At the peak of Niagara’s boldest summer yet, more than 5,000 young athletes and their coaches will gather to compete for the podium in Canada’s largest multi-sport event. On its road to glory, this shining generation of hopefuls will leave its mark on our community and on the country – transforming, inspiring, and unifying us all through the power of sport.

As ambassadors of Niagara’s unrivaled warmth and compassion, thousands of volunteers will play host to the nation. The Niagara 2021 Canada Summer Games will celebrate the wonder of sport alongside arts and culture. The Games will honour our indigenous communities, and showcase a remarkable heritage of hard work and innovation in one of the world’s most awe-inspiring destinations.

With world-renowned hospitality, the people of Niagara will welcome visitors from across the country. Spirited events, spectacular entertainment, and the theatre of elite competition will spark new energy in the region as our streets, skies, and waterways shimmer with ceremony and celebration that is befitting of Canada’s best young athletes.

From August 6th to 21st, 2021, Niagara will surge stronger than ever on the national stage. The Games will give rise to a new legacy of ambition, confidence, and compassion that will inspire generations to come. For further information, visit us at niagara2021.ca or follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram (@2021canadagames).

Media Contact:

Christopher Séguin, Media & Communications Coordinator

cseguin@2021canadagames.ca

289.880.4005

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