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Howard University’s men’s basketball program on Wednesday became the latest local team to cancel or postpone activities amid a wave of positive COVID-19 cases. In a press release, the athletics department announced that all men’s basketball activities have been suspended “due to positive COVID-19 test results among the program’s” level 1 “staff, consisting of student-athletes, coaches, medical personnel, equipment personnel, game day operators and government officials.
The school added that the team will remain in quarantine and will not resume basketball activities until cleared, meaning games scheduled against Yale on December 23 and the University of Hampton on December 30 have been canceled. Howard didn’t say how many of the team have tested positive or how many of them are athletes. A spokesperson for the team declined to release this information to City paper.
As the country nears the two-year mark of the pandemic, increasing cases of COVID-19 and the omicron variant have forced sports teams to reschedule or cancel matches, recalling outbreaks that have occurred throughout. long of 2020. Howard called off the 2020-21 men’s basketball season after just five games.
The Washington Capitals game scheduled for Dec. 22 against the Philadelphia Flyers has also been postponed after the Caps withdrew two players from their morning practice due to positive coronavirus test results. Washington already had three other players in COVID-19 protocols. The NHL also announced earlier this week that it will suspend all activity from December 23 to 25 with games scheduled to resume on December 27. Due to postponements, NHL players will no longer participate in the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing, scheduled to take place in February.
“Unfortunately, given the profound disruption to the NHL’s regular season schedule caused by recent COVID-related events – 50 games have already been postponed until December 23 – Olympic participation is no longer possible,” said the commissioner of the NHL. Gary bettman said in a statement. “We certainly recognize and appreciate the efforts of the International Olympic Committee, the International Ice Hockey Federation and the Beijing Organizing Committee to welcome NHL players, but the current circumstances have prevented us from continuing despite the best. everyone’s efforts. We look forward to Olympic participation in 2026.
The Washington football team has had 26 players, seven coaches, and several staff members landed on the COVID-19 reserve list in the past two weeks, and the team started the newly acquired journeyman quarterback. Garret gilbert in its 27-17 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Tuesday night. This game has been postponed two days from its regular schedule due to positive COVID-19 cases. Washington announced yesterday that the weekly media availability with the head coach Ron rivera and the players will be virtual for the remainder of the season.
In response to the surge in cases, the mayor Muriel bowser issued an order stating that proof of vaccination will be required for anyone over the age of 12 for restaurants, bars, indoor entertainment venues, and indoor exercise and leisure facilities, among others from the 15th January 2022. This includes Capital One Arena, home of the Wizards, Capitals and Georgetown men’s basketball team. Earlier this week, the Big East Conference canceled the Georgetown game in Providence due to COVID-19 issues in the Georgetown schedule. The Hoyas have withdrawn and will be awarded a defeat in the conference standings.
The epidemics are also affecting the athletics of local high schools. Prince George County Public Schools will conduct virtual learning until Jan. 14, Howard County will not play sports until Jan. 15 at the earliest, and Montgomery County Public Schools have canceled all athletic contests from January 23. December to January 2.
According to the MCPS statement, all team activities must be suspended for 14 days if a team has at least three positive active COVID-19 cases. The 14 days start from the last exhibition. Winter sports in many high schools had only started last month.