WRITINGS COLORADO, Colo. – Mountain West has announced the indefinite postponement of all scheduled fall sporting events and MW Championship events in response to ongoing challenges with the mitigation and effective management of the COVID-19 virus in relation to athletic competition. The MW Board of Directors prioritized the physical and mental health and well-being of the Conference’s student-athletes and general campus communities in its decision – as it has done throughout the pandemic.
The fall sports affected by today’s decision include the men’s and women’s cross country, soccer, women’s soccer and women’s volleyball (with the exception of the unique circumstances involved in military service academies). Last week, the league announced that all fall competitions in golf for men and women, tennis for men and women, women̵7;s swimming and racing, indoor track and field for men and women, soft court and baseball were canceled. At this time, there are ongoing discussions regarding the status of winter sports.
Mountain West will begin to explore the possibility of rebuilding fall sports competitions, including the possibility of those sports competing in the spring, and develop opportunities for consideration. Athletic-related activities and training opportunities for registered student-athletes will also be assessed in accordance with NCAA legislation and guidance, as well as state, local, and campus settings.
“Nothing is more important than the health and well-being of our students, student-athletes, coaches, faculties, staff and general communities,” said Dr. Mary Papazian, President at San José State University and Chairman of the Board of Directors of MW. “Through the hard work of many over the past few months, the Conference has made every effort to create an opportunity for our student-athletes to compete, and we are synchronizing with the frustration it creates for everyone associated with our programs. The well-being of our students and student-athletes remains our focus and we will continue our efforts to create a workable and accountable path forward. “
“Since the start of the pandemic, our membership and staff have worked diligently to prepare for an autumn sports season,” said MW Commissioner Craig Thompson. “We were hoping that we could carefully and responsibly conduct the competition as originally planned with the essential protocols in place. However, many external and unknown factors beyond our control necessitated this difficult decision. I fully understand the impact. of this result to our student-athletes, coaches, administrators and staff who work so hard every day to play the sports we all love, and I share in their disappointment.We will continue to navigate this pandemic together, to overcome obstacles and return to inter-athletic athletics at the earliest opportunity. “