U SPORTS, the national brand of university sports in Canada, supports the decision announced Monday to postpone the upcoming 2021 FISU Winter Universiade, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As the franchise holder for the International University Sports Federation (FISU), U SPORTS organizes all aspects of Canada’s participation in all World University Games, World University Championships, University World Cups, and various educational events. The national office was preparing the country’s participation for the 30th edition of the Winter Games, that was to be held in Lucerne, Switzerland from Jan. 21-31, 2021.

“Canada is fully behind FISU’s tough but necessary announcement to delay the 2021 Winter Universiade,” said U SPORTS Chief Sport Officer Lisette Johnson-Stapley. “This was the right decision for the health and safety of all student-athletes, coaches and mission staff. We look forward to Canada’s participation in future FISU events.”