The Big Ten Conference will resume its football season on the weekend of Oct 23-24, the Conference announced on Wednesday.
Big Ten announced last month the postponement of its 2020 College Football season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
There is too much uncertainty on “potential medical risks” to students, said the Conference’s Commissioner, Kevin Warren last month.
However, Big Ten finally decided to resume its season after a unanimous vote among its officers.
US President Donald Trump celebrated the announcement, calling it “great news” and wrote about it on Twitter.
The President did not make it a secret that he wanted the conference to continue amid the pandemic.
In fact, he tweets and also talks about it during press conferences.
However, it is not only Trump who wanted to resume Big Ten’s football season.
Athletes and parents have been pressuring the Conference since it announced its postponement last August.
In August, Clemson University’s football quarterback along with other student-athletes launched #WeWantToPlay.
The movement aims to let athletes decide if they want to play football or not.
Also, it pushes conferences across the NCAA to establish health and safety protocols to protect the athletes from COVID-19.
Early this month, there were reports that some athletes tested positive for the coronavirus.
Big Ten Establishes Medical Protocol For Its Athletes
Along with the resumption of Big Ten’s football season is the adoption of medical protocols to protect its athletes.
According to Big Ten, their medical protocols include daily antigen testing and cardiac screening.
Moreover, the Conference will also use data, including a cardiac registry to back up their decisions for practices, and competitions.
Aside from the tests, a Chief Infection Officer per institution will supervise data collection and reporting to the Conference.
Athletes who tested positive for COVID-19 will go through more comprehensive testing.
The testing will begin on September 30th, per Big Ten’s statement.