BIG TEN POSTPONES FALL 2020-2021 SPORTS SEASON
Zeke Fuhrman | Aug 12, 2020 AT 7:15 am
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Officials with the Big Ten announced Tuesday the postponement of the 2020-2021 fall sports season.
In a statement, the conference said all regular-season contests and Big Ten Championships and Tournaments, won't be played due to ongoing health and safety concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The fall sports included in this announcement are men's and women's cross country, field hockey, football, men's and women's soccer, and women's volleyball. The Big Ten Conference will continue to evaluate several sports options, including the possibility of the seasons being played in the spring.
The conference says it's evaluating the winter and spring seasons, too.
A press release on the Big Ten website from Big Ten Commissioner and former Minnesota Vikings Chief Operating Officer reads, "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."