Ivy League Votes Not to Participate in Winter Sports, According to Reports

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Swimming and diving in the Ivy League will not happen in the 2020-21 season because of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to multiple reports. The Ivy League has voted no to participate in any winters sports, according to CBS Sports. The league is made up of Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Penn, Princeton and Yale.

It’s the first Division I conference to cancel winter sports because of the pandemic, which has seen cases continue to rise. There were more than 144,000 new COVID-19 cases in the U.S. on Wednesday.

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Coaches were informed of the decision by athletic department officials on video conference calls Thursday evening, CBS sources said.

According to the CBS report, the Ivy League presidents came to their decision in the past three days hours and spent Wednesday and Thursday preparing how to explain their decision to the hundreds of student-athletes and dozens of coaches whose seasons have now been eliminated.

The Ivy League was the first to cancel fall sports as well.