Pac-12 conference cancels all sports for 2019-20 academic school year

The decision is part of an NCAA-wide effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19

The Pac-12 has canceled all sports competitions for the remainder of the academic school year and suspended organized team activities due to concerns of COVID-19, the conference announced in a statement Saturday afternoon.

"At a meeting of the Pac-12 CEO Group and Athletic Directors earlier today, the Pac-12 made the decision to cancel all Pac-12 conference and non-conference sport competitions and Pac-12 championships through the end of the academic year, including spring sports that compete beyond the academic year," the statement said.

The cancellation is due to concerns of spreading COVID-19, or the new coronavirus. ASU announced a temporary switch to online classes on Wednesday, and the number of people in Arizona with coronavirus has risen to 12. 

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The conference has also prohibited all organized team athletically-related activities until it reevaluates the situation on March 29.

The move follows an earlier decision made by the Pac-12 on Thursday to cancel all of the conference's remaining tournaments and championship events, as well as suspending all sport competitions until further notice.

The NCAA recently canceled what would have been the upcoming men's and women's basketball tournaments, along with all other winter and spring championships and tournaments Thursday afternoon.


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