Centennial Convention cancels winter sports activities season as a consequence of COVID-19 pandemic

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Centennial Conference cancels winter sports season due to COVID-19 pandemic

Franklin & Marshall College, Dickinson College, and Gettysburg College are all members of the conference

LANCASTER, PA. – The Centennial Conference announced this week that the 2020-21 winter sports season will be canceled due to the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Franklin & Marshall College, a member of the conference, announced the decision on Thursday.

In addition to winter sports, the Centennial Conference will not hold an autumn sports competition in the spring semester.

F&M announced that it joined the Ivy League in January to drop out of Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association and College Squash Association competitions, though both associations plan to return to the competition.

"As this fall, I regret that we and the other Centennial Conference schools have been forced to cancel the intercollegiate competition in the near future," said Barbara Altmann, President of Franklin & Marshall. "Given the ongoing travel restrictions, convention restrictions, and the fact that significant numbers of student-athletes cannot be at every centennial on campus, the conditions simply do not allow for competition. The safety of our athletes, staff and the Community just has to be the priority.

"With all the current constraints, I was so impressed with our coaches' efforts to bring their teams together in a variety of ways for training and other activities this fall, and I know those efforts will continue and anchor." for these student athletes as they master the challenges of this troubled year. "

"It's hard to find the right words to adequately describe our disappointment with Franklin & Marshall," said Lauren Packer Webster, Athletics and Recreation F&M director. "The pandemic has profoundly affected the experience of every sports student in any sport and continues to pose challenges and obstacles."

"The F&M community worked hard this fall to face the many challenges of the pandemic," said Packer Webster. "I have no doubt that diplomats will again show resilience and adapt so that we are ready when it is safe to start again."

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