As the world—not just the sports world, but the entire world—grapples with the balance between continuing to turn and grinding to a halt in response to COVID-19, Virginia Athletics announced today that all athletic activities, including practice and competition, will be indefinitely suspended in order to prevent the further spread of the novel coronavirus.
Based on the latest developments and continued concern related to the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) effective immediately all UVA Athletics activities, including practice and competition, have been suspended until further notice.— Virginia Cavaliers (@VirginiaSports) March 12, 2020
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“We understand this is unusual and unprecedented; however, these are extremely unusual times,” Virginia athletics director Carla Williams said in a statement. “These decisions will be reviewed on a daily basis as circumstances change. This is not ideal for anyone, but the goal is to preserve and protect the health and safety of as many people in our Athletics family and beyond as possible.”
Fans who have purchased tickets to impacted events may contact the Virginia Athletics Ticket Office by phone at 800-542-8821, Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This presumably includes the NCAA Tournament, even if the NCAA does decide to hold it notwithstanding the current trend. Even if the NCAA does hold, the ACC has suspended all athletic activities — that includes competition, practice, recruiting, and participation in NCAA Championships.
Statement from the Atlantic Coast Conference:— The ACC (@theACC) March 12, 2020
“The Atlantic Coast Conference has suspended all athletic related activities including all competition, formal and organized practice, recruiting and participation in NCAA championships until further notice."
“This is uncharted territory and the health and safety of our student-athletes and institutions remains our top priority,” ACC commissioner John Swofford said in a statement. “This decision is aimed to protect from the further spread of COVID-19.”
CBSSports reports that the NCAA is in meetings all day and is expected to make an announcement no later than tomorrow.
Stay tuned as we continue tracking.