COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The Mountain West has announced the indefinite postponement of all scheduled slide sports activities contests and MW championship activities in reaction to ongoing troubles with the effective mitigation and administration of the COVID-19 virus in conjunction with athletic level of competition. The MW Board of Directors prioritized the bodily and psychological health and properly-getting of the Conference’s scholar-athletes and general campus communities in its determination – as it has finished all through the program of the pandemic.
The drop sports impacted by today’s selection consist of men’s and women’s cross state, soccer, women’s soccer and women’s volleyball (with the exception of the distinctive conditions associated with the armed forces support academies). Past 7 days, the league announced that all drop competitors in the sporting activities of men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s tennis, women’s swimming and diving, men’s and women’s indoor keep track of and field, softball and baseball was canceled. At this time, there are ongoing discussions with regards to the position of winter sports activities.
The Mountain West will start off to explore the feasibility of rescheduling slide sports levels of competition, including the risk of people sporting activities competing in the spring, and acquire solutions for thought. Athletically-connected things to do and teaching alternatives for enrolled university student-athletes will also be evaluated constant with NCAA legislation and guidance, as perfectly as state, local and campus parameters.
“Nothing is extra vital than the well being and perfectly-currently being of our college students, university student-athletes, coaches, faculty, personnel and all round communities,” claimed Dr. Mary Papazian, President at San José State University and Chair of the MW Board of Administrators. “Through the hard function of a lot of over the past a number of months, the Meeting manufactured every work to develop an option for our student-athletes to compete, and we empathize with the disappointment this generates for absolutely everyone associated with our programs. The most effective pursuits of our pupils and college student-athletes continue being our focus and we will persist in our efforts to forge a practical and responsible path ahead.”
“Since the begin of the pandemic, our membership and team have been doing work diligently to prepare for a tumble sports period,” mentioned MW Commissioner Craig Thompson. “We have been hopeful we could carefully and responsibly carry out competition as initially scheduled with important protocols in spot. Having said that, several external factors and unknowns outside the house our management built this complicated determination needed. I thoroughly have an understanding of the impression of this result on our university student- athletes, coaches, directors and staff members who perform so tough day by day to participate in the sports we all enjoy, and I share in their disappointment. We will carry on to navigate this pandemic jointly, overcome the obstacles and return to intercollegiate athletics at the earliest possibility.”