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Ivy League cancels basketball championships because of coronavirus concerns

Harvard University
Harvard University
(Elise Amendola / Associated Press)

The Ivy League announced Tuesday that it has canceled its men’s and women’s basketball tournaments because of coronavirus concerns. The regular-season champions — Yale men and Princeton women — will receive the league’s automatic berths to the NCAA Tournaments.

The Ivy League tournaments were set to take place Friday-Sunday at Harvard, which announced Tuesday it would switch to remote instruction and asked students not to return following spring break later this month. Princeton also has announced a move to virtual instruction starting March 23.

“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 a statement. “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.”

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The league is also implementing spectator limitations for all other athletic events and is canceling all out-of-season practices and events.


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