The Central Inter-University Sports Association is the latest conference to suspend autumn sports due to COVID-19.
The alliance announced in a press release on Thursday that due to safety concerns and an increase in coronavirus cases, all fall campaigns will be suspended. The CIAA Board of Directors and Sports Director voted.
According to the press release, a major issue is that several CIAA agencies are located in states with a high number of COVID-19 cases. There are eight CIAA schools in North Carolina. According to data from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, since the pandemic in early March, 79,349 people in North Carolina have tested positive for coronavirus.
CIAA Commissioner Jacqie McWilliams said in the press release: “This is a difficult decision, but it is consistent with our long-term priority task of always insisting on acting in the best interests of student athletes, coaches and support staff.” “Although there will be no sports in autumn Competitions, but we will continue to provide support opportunities to enhance the experience of student athletes, member institutions and partners.”
The ACC announced on Thursday that it would postpone the start of the fall Olympic Games until September 1. The Ivy League announced on Wednesday that it will cancel this fall’s campaign. UNC announced on Wednesday that a total of 37 athletes and staff tested positive for coronavirus. North Carolina State University announced on Thursday that five people in the sports department were positive for the virus.
CIAA will study the revised football and volleyball schedule, as well as the schedule for the men’s and women’s cross-country race in spring 2021, and provide sports scholarships for fall athletes.