British Universities Colleges & Sport has officially cancelled the scheduled 2020-21 season for Men’s Basketball due to the on-going Coronavirus Pandemic. The University of Westminster Dragons will have to wait till this Autumn to compete again in the University leagues.
BUCS Released this statement on their official website below:
We regret to say that the 2020-21 League and Knockout season has been cancelled. Unfortunately, due to the Coronavirus pandemic, and the unpredictable nature of nationwide lockdowns and restrictions, it is not possible for the competition to go ahead in a safe environment. We still intend to run an Outdoor Cricket league in Term 3. We will continue to prioritise student safety, demand and viability to guide our decision making.
No individual events will happen before March. However, these events are only postponed – we are hopeful that these will take place later in the year. More information on each event is available on the individual sport pages (including our Equestrian programme). Our aim is to remain flexible and react to the changing situation as quickly as possible.
Whilst physical sport is unable to take place for the next few months, we continue to provide virtual activity and other engaging opportunities. The launch of Challenges on the BUCS Play app enables healthy competition between individuals, teams and universities, and more Challenges will be released over the next few months.
– BUCS Sport (via www.bucs.org.uk)
Programme Director and Head Coach Clive Castillo expressed his thoughts on the situation:
“The players and myself are gutted, we worked so hard the past season and also found time to work before the second lockdown in December. It’s ultimately the right decision, what’s most important in this current time is everyones health and wellbeing. We will try keep as active as possible, and start preparing for next season when we have the opportunity. I’m more proud my seniors will have the opportunity to graduate this summer through these dififcult and challenging times, I’m looking forward to celebrating their efforts and success over the past three years with the university this summer.”
– Coach Clive Castillo
All training sessions and basketball activity for university and clubs are limited at the moment as the UK are currently still in a second lockdown due to the new spread of the Coronavirus variant.
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