Tuesday, August 11, 2020
The Big Ten Conference Has Announced the Postponement of The 2020/21 Fall Sports Season.
By Editor in Chief & Publisher Jeff Brown.
Tuesday afternoon, after two days of drama regarding the 2020/21 fall sports season, the Big Ten Conference has announced the postponement of all regular season contests and Big Ten Championships and Tournaments, due to ongoing health and safety concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to the Big Ten Conference, the decision was based on the medical advice and counsel of the Big Ten Task Force for Emerging Infectious Disease and the Big Ten Sports Medicine Committee.
According to Chair of the Big Ten Council of Presidents/Chancellors and Northwestern University President Morton Schapiro, “Our primary responsibility is to make the best possible decisions in the interest of our students, faculty and staff."
According to Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren, “The mental and physical health and welfare of our student-athletes has been at the center of every decision we have made regarding the ability to proceed forward,”. As time progressed and after hours of discussion with our Big Ten Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases and the Big Ten Sports Medicine Committee, it became abundantly clear that there was too much uncertainty regarding potential medical risks to allow our student-athletes to compete this fall.
“We know how significant the student-athlete experience can be in shaping the future of the talented young women and men who compete in the Big Ten Conference. Although that knowledge made this a painstaking decision, it did not make it difficult. While I know our decision today will be disappointing in many ways for our thousands of student-athletes and their families, I am heartened and inspired by their resilience, their insightful and discerning thoughts, and their participation through our conversations to this point. Everyone associated with the Big Ten Conference and its member institutions is committed to getting everyone back to competition as soon as it is safe to do so.”
According to the statement from the Big Ten Conference, fall sports that are postponed include men's and women's cross country, field hockey, football, men's and women's soccer, and women's volleyball. The Big Ten stated that decisions regarding winter and spring sports will continue to be evaluated.
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