Carnegie Mellon cancels winter sports due to pandemic

PITTSBURGH — All winter sports have been canceled and Carnegie Mellon Athletics will not play any games until March of next year due to the ongoing global pandemic.

According to a news release from the university, the decision directly impacts men’s and women’s basketball, swimming and diving, and indoor track and field. University administrators and team doctors said they will continue to meet and explore options for fall sports to compete in the spring.

University officials said the decision to cancel winter sports echoes a decision made by the University Athletic Association on Oct. 27 regarding member schools:

“Over the last several months, several UAA committees comprising athletic administrators, vice presidents and deans, faculty athletics representatives, athletic trainers, and others have met on a regular basis to consider how winter sport competition might take place as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect UAA campuses, their communities, and the nation. In the course of those discussions, it became clear that a substantial number of issues related to the implementation of recommended NCAA testing protocols for winter sports; current institutional travel limitations; local and state travel quarantine guidelines; local restrictions on the size of group gatherings; event management; and contingency planning to provide care for individuals who may test positive or become symptomatic while traveling present challenges that cannot be resolved in a manner that would facilitate an acceptable level of risk mitigation for student-athletes, coaches, officials, staff and others involved in the conduct of UAA winter sport competition.”

“It is with a heavy heart that I write to share that Carnegie Mellon will cancel its winter sports season due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Director of Athletics Josh Centor in an e-mail to Carnegie Mellon’s student-athletes. “While we will not compete in those sports this winter, we will not shut the door on competitive opportunities this academic year.”