Ivy Leagues Cancel Fall 2020 Sports Season

As the discussions regarding in-person vs. online education plans next year continues at colleges and schools nationwide, the Ivy Leagues have decided their sports will be canceled in the fall due to the pandemic, according to CNBC.

“With the information available to us today regarding the continued spread of the virus, we simply do not believe we can create and maintain an environment for intercollegiate athletic competition that meets our requirements for safety and acceptable levels of risk, consistent with the policies that each of our schools is adopting as part of its reopening plans this fall,” Ivy League conference leaders said.

Though the sports seasons will be canceled, student athletes will still be allowed to work out and train in small groups as long as they follow health and safety guidelines, according to CBS News.

The sports that will be canceled are: football, field hockey, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer, and women’s volleyball, according to NBC News.

The schools plan to reassess the situation next January. As a result of their decision, other conferences will be impacted and may now feel pressure to possibly cancel their sports programs as well. The Ivy League conference was the first college conference to cancel its men and women’s basketball tournaments on March 10 even before the NBA canceled its season.

The league will decide about the winter and spring sports at a later date.