NCAA president on COVID-19 rates: 'Today, sadly, the data point in the wrong direction'
This isn’t exactly what collegiate sports fans wanted to hear right now.
On Thursday, the NCAA set forth guidelines to help navigate the return of fall sports despite the pandemic that has seemingly gotten worse in this country as time has progressed. Some of those guidelines include testing strategies, like testing athletes within 72 hours of competition and how long an athlete would have to quarantine if they are considered to have “a high risk of exposure.”
Other guidelines included travel and how traveling and playing a game on the same day would be ideal, avoiding overnight stays.
Here’s NCAA president Mark Emmert in a prepared statement:
“When we made the extremely difficult decision to cancel last spring’s championships, it was because there was simply no way to conduct them safely. This document lays out the advice of health care professionals as to how to resume college sports if we can achieve an environment where COVID-19 rates are manageable. Today, sadly, the data point in the wrong direction. If there is to be college sports in the fall, we need to get a much better handle on the pandemic.”
Emmert is absolutely right. Things aren’t looking good as cases have spiked recently.
If we will have sports in the fall, we as a country have to be better. It’s that simple.
The NCAA’s latest set of return-to-sport guidelines can be found here.