Athletes will not lose a year of eligibility whether they register or not, the league said, and registered student-athletes are still permitted to attend practices, “provided they are structured according to procedures. of each institution and applicable national and local regulations.
The league’s announcement comes as coronavirus cases skyrocket in the United States. Public health officials announced Thursday that there have been more than 152,000 cases – the highest number of new coronavirus infections in a day to date – as hospitals run out of capacity, leading some states to to reinstate more stringent social distancing protocols, curfews and mask warrants. More than 67,000 coronavirus patients were being treated in hospitals on Thursday, according to the Covid Tracking Project, which is the highest number at any time during the pandemic.
Colleges and universities have been linked to at least 252,000 cases of coronavirus and at least 80 deaths in more than 1,600 institutions since the start of the pandemic, according to a New York Times investigation.
The Ivy League, which maintains that athletics must be “kept in harmony with the essential educational goals of the institution”, has not held any varsity competition since March. Over the summer, he had suspended his fall sports, including football, until January before announcing on Thursday that he would not be hosting those seasons during the spring semester.
Other conferences that had made similar decisions to suspend fall sports have turned the tide, taking precautions to keep football afloat through the fall, but facing postponements and cancellations due to infections. viral. The Southeastern Conference, home to soccer powers like Alabama and Texas A&M, postponed four games scheduled for this weekend, with players and staff from all programs testing positive for the virus.