State University of New York Athletic Conference cancels winter sports

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Correction: According to The University at Albany’s Athletic Department this decision does not affect Division 1 schools like UAlbany.

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — The presidents of the State University of New York Athletic Conference announced that winter sports will be canceled for most SUNY schools this year. Division One schools will still compete in winter sports, according to the University at Albany Athletic Department.

“This was not an easy decision and I empathize with all of our student-athletes across the SUNYAC,” Erik Bitterbaum, the chair of the SUNYAC Presidents said in a press release on Monday. “However, despite our best efforts to plan for a winter season, our priority must be the health and safety of everyone involved with intercollegiate athletics, and our campuses as a whole.”

The sports that are affected by the decision include men’s and women’s basketball and men’s ice hockey, as well as men’s and women’s swimming & diving, and men’s and women’s indoor track and field.

The SUNYAC says they will continue internal planning for the possibility of spring sports, and that a decision about spring sports will be made at a later date.

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