Ivy League rules out playing all sports due to coronavirus

by Jordyn Pair · Jul 9th, 2020 11:56 am

Last Updated Jul 11th, 2020 at 4:30 pm

The Ivy League on Wednesday became the first Division 1 conference to announce that it will not hold sports in the upcoming semester because of the coronavirus pandemic.

No decision has yet been made about winter or spring Ivy sports.

"The campus policies make it impractical for competition to occur, at least through the end of the fall semester," executive director Robin Harris told ESPN. "That's why today we're announcing. Eight campuses have announced their policies for the fall over the past two weeks. When we realized and the presidents realized based on these campus policies that we couldn't have competition, we wanted to make sure the student-athletes were aware of the outcome."

Student-athletes will still be allowed to practice on campus, Harris said, adding the league's decision was based on the COVID-19 policies of the eight campuses in the league.

"Schools have to evaluate what's right for them," she said. "For us, it came down to campus policies. Our athletic directors have been working very hard modeling different options, looking at different ways we can conduct athletics in the fall, and ultimately, as more and more campuses developed their policies that didn't allow for competition, that led to our decision. That may not be the same at other schools in other conferences."


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