More Canada West men’s soccer regular season games have been postponed this weekend due to smoke from the ongoing wildfires in B.C.
Saturday games scheduled to be played in Kamloops and Kelowna have been postponed. Sunday games in both cities remain scheduled, with further postponement possible depending on air quality.
UBC Okanagan was originally scheduled to host Trinity Western in Kelowna on Saturday at 3 p.m. while Thompson Rivers in Kamloops was set to play Fraser Valley.
“As of Thursday afternoon, air quality in Kamloops was rated as 10+ on Environment Canada’s Air Quality Health Index (AQHI), while air quality in Kelowna was rated as 10,” said a release from Canada West. “The status of Sunday’s games – TWU vs. TRU (1 p.m. PDT) and UFV vs. UBCO (3 p.m. PDT) – along with the potential for rescheduling Saturday’s games to Monday, August 27, will be discussed by all involved parties Friday afternoon, once weekend air quality forecasts are available.”
The Canada West board of directors approved a new air quality policy earlier this week, which recommends that members postpone a match if the AQHI is seven or greater.
Saturday’s games in Kamloops and Kelowna are the latest CW games to be postponed due to air quality concerns. Earlier today, two Victoria-UNBC games scheduled were postponed.