GNAC suspends all college athletic competitions through Nov. 30

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Posted at 4:51 PM, Jul 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-17 18:51:24-04

IDAHO — The Great Athletic Conference CEO Board voted unanimously to suspend all college athletic competitions through Nov. 20 due to COVID-19, citing the health and safety of student-athletes as the biggest concern.

As a result, Northwest Nazarene University's golf, cross country, men and women's soccer and women's volleyball seasons will be put on hold.

“This was not a decision taken lightly but one the Board believes is in the best interests of student-athletes and staff,” said Dave Haglund, GNAC commissioner in the press release. “There is no greater priority than the health and well-being of our student-athletes and this action is reflective of the GNAC’s commitment to this prevailing principle."

The press release stated that the Board will continue to monitor COVID-19 and make a decision by Oct. 15 if competitions will return after Nov. 30.

"We understand that many student-athletes will be disappointed and saddened by this news, particularly our seniors, and we have profound empathy for everyone affected by this decision, including non-conference opponents. We can only ask for their thoughtful understanding during these challenging and unprecedented times,” said Haglund in the press release.

He also stated the Board is already starting to discuss if the fall sports season will move to spring 2021.