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The coronavirus pandemic is forcing the NCAA to scrap its conventional multi-city division I males’s basketball event format in 2021. As an alternative, the NCAA plans to host all of March Insanity in a single space within the spring, officers introduced Monday.
The NCAA stated it’s holding talks with officers from the state of Indiana and the town of Indianapolis to host the 68-team event in March and early April.
“The Division I Males’s Basketball Committee has determined the NCAA Event must be held in a single geographic space,” the official NCAA March Insanity Twitter account stated.
It is much less clear what the Division 1 Ladies’s event will seem like, thought it might have a “completely different really feel” than previous years, stated Lynn Holzman, the NCAA vice chairman of ladies’s basketball. She stated that discussions are ongoing.
The early rounds of the lads’s division I event had been scheduled throughout 13 websites all through the US
Nevertheless, with coronavirus an infection charges rising quickly nationwide, the NCAA stated “It grew to become obvious to the committee that organized the championship at 13 preliminary spherical websites unfold all through the nation can be very tough to execute within the present pandemic setting.”
“The Board of Governors and my high priorities are to guard the well being and well-being of faculty athletes whereas additionally taking their alternative to compete on the highest stage,” NCAA President Mark Emmert stated.
“These ideas have guided the decision-making course of as we proceed to evaluate how you can have a good and protected championship expertise,” he added.
Mitch Barnhart, the chair of the Division I Males’s Basketball Committee who additionally serves as College of Kentucky’s athletics director, stated the cancellation “straight impacts” his college and the group.
The Lexington, Ky., – based mostly college had been set to host first and second spherical video games within the event.
“My committee colleagues and I didn’t come flippantly to the tough resolution to relocate the preliminary rounds of the 2021 event, as we perceive the frustration 13 communities will really feel to overlook out on being a part of March Insanity subsequent yr,” Barnhart stated.
In March, the NCAA took the extraordinary step to cancel each the lads’s and girls’s March Insanity tournaments. It got here at a time the place nearly all skilled and collegiate sports activities took a hiatus because the influence of the virus was simply starting to be understood.
As of Monday afternoon, Indiana has reported greater than 256, 000 confirmed coronavirus instances and greater than 4,900 virus-related deaths.
The US leads all different nations in each confirmed instances and fatalities from the virus.