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Media Reports: Ivy League votes to postpone sports in the fall semester, including wrestling

By Various media outlets | July 08, 2020, 5:36 p.m. (ET)

Numerous national media are reporting that the Ivy League voted to postpone sports in the fall semester of 2020, becoming the first NCAA Div. I conference to take this action.

This would affect the wrestling teams in the Ivy League, which has a high-level of competition including nationally ranked teams and athletes. Ivy League colleges with wrestling include Cornell, Princeton, Penn, Columbia, Brown and Harvard.

The Ivy League has not yet put out an official statement on this decisionon its media platforms.

ESPN: Ivy League rules out playing all sports this fall
by Heather Dinich


The Ivy League has ruled out playing all sports this fall, executive director Robin Harris told ESPN on Wednesday, marking the first major college decision about the status of fall sports amid the coronavirus pandemic.

No decision has been made about winter or spring sports or whether fall sports could be played in the spring of 2021.

Student-athletes will be allowed to practice on campus, in modified form.

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Bloomberg.com: Ivy League First in Division I to Scrap Sports Competition
by Janet Lorin


The Ivy League is canceling sports competition for the upcoming semester because of health concerns about the coronavirus pandemic, becoming the first Division I conference in the U.S. to scrap football.

The conference, whose eight members include Harvard University, Yale University and Princeton University, made the move Wednesday, according to a person with knowledge of the matter. The decision will affect not only fall sports, including soccer, but winter sports also played in the semester, such as basketball. The league is still open to the possibility of spring competition.

The decision follows similar pullbacks by smaller schools such as Bowdoin, Williams and Morehouse colleges, a contrast to the large universities that haven’t announced plans and regularly draw tens of thousands of fans.

U.S. colleges are presenting their plans for the semester that begins in August or September, instituting steps for the safe return of students. They’re also deciding whether it’s too risky to resume the high-contact sport of football, which can bring in sizable revenue for a school and the surrounding area while subsidizing athletic programs that don’t make money.

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SI: Report: Ivy League Won't Play Any Sports in 2020; No Date Set for Return

The Ivy League voted on Wednesday to postpone all fall sports, with no date set for resuming the conference's athletic events, per TMG Sports' Mark Blaudschun.

The conference hopes it can move fall sports to the spring, including football, per The Athletic's Dana O'Neil. CBS Sports' Jon Rothstein added on Wednesday that the Ivy League "will not entertain any sports being played until after January 1."

Winter sports such as college basketball, which is scheduled to begin nationwide in early November, are likely to see their calendars shifted as a result of the Ivy League's decision.

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