Club volleyball season officially ends with cancellation of Nationals

Richmond Olympic Oval was to host next month's U17 and U18 provincials

The ever-popular club season in Richmond has come to an official end with Volleyball Canada announcing on Tuesday the cancellation of national championships across the country due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Edmonton was to host the older age levels in May while U14 events were slated for Abbotsford, Halifax and Ottawa.

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It was back on March 16 Volleyball BC suspended all sanctioned programs and activities. 

Three days later the organization cancelled the provincial championships that included the U18 and U17 age groups taking place April 17-19 at the Richmond Olympic Oval and Richmond Christian School.

"As the pandemic evolved it became clear that measures such as bans on large gatherings, social distancing and travel restrictions would continue through May and potentially beyond," said Mark Eckert, president and CEO of Volleyball Canada. "This was a joint decision with our partner Edmonton Events, and although we are disappointed to have to cancel this year’s events, the welfare of participants and fans is our greatest concern at all times.”

Volleyball Canada also recognizes that provincial competitions had been greatly affected as well as clubs’ training ability due to social distancing and facility closures.

"We understand how hard these young athletes have worked all year to reach Nationals and applaud their dedication and love for the sport," said Eckert.  "We support the efforts of the provinces, clubs and individuals who are following the instructions of health authorities to stop the spread of COVID-19.”

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