Ivy League Cancels The 2020 Basketball Conference Tournaments

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation

It was announced earlier today that the Ivy League would be canceling this weekend’s men’s and women’s basketball conference tournaments, which was going to be held at Harvard University.

The league announced that both Princeton University (women’s basketball) and Yale University (men’s basketball) would represent the Ancient Eight in the upcoming March Madness Tournaments, which are scheduled to commence next week. Both teams concluded their respective campaigns last weekend as regular-season champions.

As noted in this morning’s release, the decision to cancel this year’s basketball tournaments is due to the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). The league’s decision was “made in accordance with the guidance of public health and medical professionals.” 

“We understand and share the disappointment with student-athletes, coaches and fans who will not be able to participate in these tournaments, “Ivy League Executive Director Robin Harris said in the release. “Regrettably, the information and recommendations presented to us from public health authorities and medical professionals have convinced us that this is the most prudent decision.”

Fans that purchased tickets to this year’s tournament will be refunded, but any ticketholders that have additional questions should contact the Harvard ticket office.

The league will permit its remaining winter teams to compete in upcoming contests “in accordance with institutional policies” while implementing a limit to the number of fans that can attend future games. The Ivy League also canceled out of season practices, along with any competitions theses teams may have scheduled.

Prior to this morning’s announcement, Harvard announced they would be shifting from in-person to virtual classrooms while asking students not to return to campus at the conclusion of the institution’s Spring Recess.  As noted in a letter to students, faculty, and staff, “Our goal is to have this transition complete by Monday, March 23, which is the first day of scheduled classes following Spring Recess.”

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