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5/21/20

by: 2021 Canada Games Host Society

SOFTBALL CANADA CANCELS 2020 U14 & U16 BOYS CANADIAN FAST PITCH CHAMPIONSHIPS DUE TO ONGOING COVID-19 PANDEMIC

The U14 & U16 Boys Canadian Fast Pitch Championships were originally scheduled to take place from August 5th to 9th, 2020 at Southward Park in Grimsby, Ont., and at Jordan Lions Park in Lincoln, Ont.

May 21, 2020 (Niagara, ON) – Due to the unprecedented situation created by the COVID-19 pandemic, Softball Canada, in consultation with the 2021 Canada Games Host Society and the Provincial/Territorial Softball Organizations, has made the difficult decision to cancel both the U14 and U16 Boys Canadian Fast Pitch Championships that were scheduled to take place from August 5th to 9th, 2020 at Southward Park in Grimsby, Ont., and at Jordan Lions Park in Lincoln, Ont.

Based on the recommendations from public health experts, this decision was made in order to ensure the health and safety of all the athletes, coaches, officials, support staff, volunteers and spectators. Moreover, logistical concerns, team selection timelines, venue availability, limited travel between provinces, and adequate training opportunities were also contributing factors.

“Unfortunately, due to the lead-up time required to host any Canadian Championship and the current uncertainty around travel, facility openings and respective dates when play may be able to start, we regretfully will be cancelling all 2020 Canadian Championships,” said Scott Neiles, President of Softball Canada. “We would like to thank all our 2020 Championship Hosts for their diligent work in preparing to organize these Championships. We share their disappointment in not being able to provide these premier events to the players, coaches, umpires, family members and fans who were looking forward to the experience.”

“While we are disappointed that we won’t be able to host two Canadian Fast Pitch Championships in 2020, we completely support Softball Canada’s decision,” added Doug Hamilton, Board Chair of the 2021 Canada Games Host Society. “Despite today’s disappointing news, we continue to look forward to hosting both the men’s (U21) and women’s (U18) softball competitions next summer as part of the Niagara 2021 Canada Summer Games”.

Both the men’s (U21) and women’s (U18) softball competitions that will be featured at the Niagara 2021 Canada Summer Games will be held at Southward Park in Grimsby.

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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