The team announced on Friday that due to increased concerns about the coronavirus, Duke University’s women’s basketball course will end the season early. Due to the pandemic, this is the first top five basketball team to start and end the season.
Michael Schoenfeld, the chief communications officer of the Durham City School in North Carolina, said: “For safety reasons, the student athletes of the Duke Women’s Basketball Team have made difficult decisions to end the season.”
He added that in accordance with the recommended safety procedures, all other Duke sports should proceed as usual.
Duke University’s first-year head coach Kara Lawson said after this month’s game against Louisville that she believes the team should not play during the pandemic. She said: “This is my opinion.”
During the pandemic, other meetings and sports events postponed games or vacations. Despite several postponements, cancellations and personnel changes, college football still completed the regular season. The Ivy League cancelled winter sports and postponed spring in November. An analysis by the New York Times published in early December showed that at least 6,600 college athletes, coaches and other personnel have tested positive for the coronavirus.
Duke’s announcement comes as coronavirus cases are on the rise across the United States. According to the “New York Times” database, in the past few weeks, North Carolina has had an average of more than 5,500 new cases every day.
The NCAA is staring at San Antonio and its surrounding areas. It is expected that the 2021 Class I Women’s Basketball Championship will be held in an area in March to restrict travel and hope to reduce the spread of the virus. The Men’s Class I Championship is also expected to be held in a region this spring, and the NCAA announced in November that it is communicating with Indianapolis officials.
The 2020 Men’s and Women’s Championships were one of the first major sporting events in the United States. The event was cancelled due to the worsening of the pandemic in March last year.