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Ivy League rules out playing all sports this fall due to coronavirus pandemic


The Ivy League announced Wednesday that it has ruled out playing all sports this fall, becoming the first Division I conference to say it will not hold sports this upcoming semester because of the coronavirus pandemic. No decision has been made about winter or spring Ivy sports or whether fall sports could be played in the spring of 2021. “The campus policies make it impractical for competition to occur, at least through the end of the fall semester,” executive director Robin Harris told ESPN. “That’s why today we’re announcing. Eight campuses have announced their policies for the fall over the past two weeks. When we realized and the presidents realized based on these campus policies that we couldn’t have competition, we wanted to make sure the student-athletes were aware of the outcome. “It’s certainly the right decision for the Ivy League, but it’s difficult.” Student-athletes will be allowed to practice on campus, in modified form, Harris said.