The NCAA president Mark Emmert said on Thursday “we need to get a much better handle on the pandemic” to have college sports in the fall.
He further said the latest and emerging COVID-19 data are not encouraging.
Emmert’s comments were part of a statement issued along with the NCAA’s latest return-to-sport guidelines.
“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,” said Emmert in the statement. “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.”
The NCAA’s latest guidelines recommend:
The NCAA’s chief medical officer Brian Hainline said close attention must be paid to the scale of COVID-19 cases nationwide.
“Any recommendation on a pathway toward a safe return to sport will depend on the national trajectory of COVID-19 spread,” said Hainline. “The idea of sport resocialization is predicated on a scenario of reduced or flattened infection rates.”