LEXINGTON, Va. (WFXR) – Washington and Lee University announced on Friday that it will not compete in any athletic competition during the fall semester of 2020.
President Will Dudley addressed the university community regarding the school’s plan for a return to on-campus instruction this fall, a plan which includes policies limiting university travel and visitors to campus. Considering these measures to keep our students, faculty and staff as safe as possible, the decision was made that athletics competition cannot continue until at least January 1, 2021.
The following sports are immediately impacted and will not contest a schedule during the fall of 2020: Men’s & Women’s Cross Country, Field Hockey, Football, Men’s & Women’s Soccer and Volleyball.
Additionally, the following sports will be impacted for portions of their schedule which would have been contested during the fall term: Men’s & Women’s Basketball, Equestrian, Men’s & Women’s Golf, Men’s & Women’s Swimming, Men’s & Women’s Tennis, Men’s & Women’s Indoor Track & Field and Wrestling.
The Washington and Lee Department of Athletics will continue to work with the Washington and Lee COVID-19 committee, the Athletics COVID-19 team, the Old Dominion Athletic Conference, the Centennial Conference, infectious disease experts, and the NCAA to consider any options for competition for fall/winter sports in the winter and/or spring.
“The university and the athletics department have been working tirelessly to prepare for a return to some semblance of routine and the sports we love, while keeping the health and safety of our student-athletes as the top priority,” said Michael F. Walsh Director of Athletics Jan Hathorn. “As information regarding the transmission of the COVID-19 virus was continuously analyzed, university administration determined the most effective way to mitigate risk of exposure to our campus community was to restrict travel and visitors to campus, making it necessary to suspend competition for the fall semester. We realize that nothing can replace the joy of competition; however, our coaches, staff and administrators are committed to creating the best student-athlete experience possible, while upholding our commitment to the health and safety of the student-athletes. We will work through this adversity together and be a stronger team as a result.”
Further announcements regarding a return to athletics competition will be made available via generalssports.com when available.