The NCAA Board of Governors issuedrequirements U.S. schools and conferences must meet if they want to conduct fall sports amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
All student-athletes must be allowed to opt out of participating because of concerns about contracting the coronavirus, the NCAA said Wednesday in a statement. If an athlete does so, his or her athletics scholarship must be honored by the school.
“Student-athletes should never feel pressured into playing their sport if they do not believe it is safe to do so,” NCAA President Mark Emmert said in the statement. “These policies ensure they can make thoughtful, informed decisions about playing this fall.”
Colleges and conferences have been racing to firm up decisions with seasons scheduled to begin next month. Divisions must decide by Aug. 21 if their fall sports seasons and NCAA championships should occur this year, according to the board.
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