As a precautionary measure against the spread of the coronavirus, the NCAA women’s basketball tournament will be closed to the public
In a new statement from NCAA President Mark Emmert, the NCAA will conduct the Division I men’s and women’s basketball tournaments without fan attendance, including only essential staff and limited family members.
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“While I understand how disappointing this is for all fans of our sports, my decision is based on the current understanding of how COVID-19 is progressing in the United States,” Emmert’s statement read. “This decision is in the best interest of public health, including that of coaches, administrators, fans and, most importantly, our student-athletes.”
The decision came following a statement from the NCAA COVID-19 Advisory Panel, recommending against sporting events open to the public.
“We do believe sport events can take place with only essential personnel and limited family attendance, and this protects our players, employees, and fans,” the statement read.
The NCAA formed the COVID-19 Advisory Panel on March 3 to guide the organization’s response to the outbreak of the coronavirus disease.
A spokesperson from the NCAA said he did not have information yet as to whether members of the media will be allowed at the tournament.
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