ATLANTA — The NCAA has officially canceled all winter and spring NCAA championships, amid coronavirus fears. The men's Final Four was set to take place in Atlanta.
The collegiate organization had initially indicated that the tournaments would go ahead as usual, without fans. That plan was scrapped, as every major American sports league, from the NBA to MLB, ended their seasons due to concerns about the pandemic.
However, the NCAA president on Thursday officially announced the games will not happen:
Today, NCAA President Mark Emmert and the Board of Governors canceled the Division I men’s and women’s 2020 basketball tournaments, as well as all remaining winter and spring NCAA championships. This decision is based on the evolving COVID-19 public health threat, our ability to ensure the events do not contribute to spread of the pandemic, and the impracticality of hosting such events at any time during this academic year given ongoing decisions by other entities.
Before the NCAA announcement, Kansas' athletics director said the school has canceled all athletic travel indefinitely. All home and away athletic events were also suspended.
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