USport has cancelled both the men’s and women’s national championships. Photo:USports/Provided
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Both U of O teams did not qualify for the championships to attend

USports announced in a press release early Friday morning that both the men’s and women’s volleyball national championships have been cancelled due to concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.   

USports made the decision after deciding earlier on Thursday to hold the event with only team staff, essential personal and family members. The men’s championship was set to be held in Winnipeg while the women’s was set to be held in Calgary. 

USports also cancelled both the men and women’s hockey national championships late Thursday night.

Both the NBA and NHL announced the suspension of their respective seasons in the last 24 hours. The MLB has followed suit, cancelling the remainder of spring training and pushing its opening day to a later date that is yet to be determined.   

Full refunds will be given for those who purchased tickets to the USports events.

Editor’s Note (March 13, 12:30 p.m.): This article has been significantly updated to reflect the cancellation of the national championship.