ROSEMONT, Sick. – The Big Ten Conference announces postponement of the sport’s 2020-21 fall season, including all regular-season contests and Big Ten Championships and Tournament, due to ongoing health and safety concerns related to COVID sensations -19.
In making its decision, based on many factors, the Big Ten Conference relies on medical advice and advice from the Big Ten Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases and the Big Ten Sports Medicine Committee.
“Our primary responsibility is to make the best possible decisions in the interests of our students, faculty and staff,” said Morton Schapiro, Chair of the Big Ten Council of Presidents / Chancellors and Northwestern University President.
“The mental and physical health and well-being of our student-athletes is at the heart of every decision we make regarding the ability to move forward,” said Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren. As time went on and after the discussion time with our Big Ten Task Force for Emerging Diseases and the Big Ten Sports Medicine Committee, it became clear that there was a great deal of uncertainty about the potential medical risks to allow our student-athletes to compete this fall.
“We know how important the student-athlete experience is in shaping the future of the talented women and men competing in the Big Ten Conference. Although this knowledge turned out to be a very difficult decision, it did not become difficult. I our decision today will be frustrated in many ways for our thousands of student-athletes and their families, I am excited and inspired by my changeability, their conscious and recognizable thoughts, and their participation through our conversation up to this point. Everyone involved in the Big Ten Conference and its member institutions is committed to getting everyone back into the competition as soon as it is safe to do so. “
The fall sports included in this announcement are cross country men and women, field hockey, football, men and soccer men, and women̵7;s volleyball. The Big Ten Conference will continue to review a number of options regarding these sports, including the possibility of spring competition. Decisions regarding winter and spring sports will also continue to be reviewed.
The Big Ten Conference is proud of these 14 world-class research institutions and has used their resources and expertise to address the pandemic over the past five months. The Big Ten Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases and the Big Ten Sports Medicine Committee are engaged in extensive research and sharing of materials and discussions with government, state and local government agencies, and professionals and international sports organization to monitor and better understand the daily updates surrounding this pandemic. Their advice and advice is invaluable as they have worked tirelessly over the past few months in their efforts to create and maintain a safe environment for athletes.
The Big Ten Conference will continue to work with medical experts and government authorities to gather more information, review emerging data and technologies, and monitor pandemic developments to make the best decisions possible. on the health, safety and well-being of our student-athletes.