KOB Web Staff
Updated: July 22, 2020 06:30 PM
Created: July 22, 2020 12:25 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is asking UNM and NMSU to postpone collegiate athletics due to rising cases of COVID-19 in New Mexico.
In a letter university board members and administrators, the governor says New Mexico has consistently seen a rise in cases in individuals ages 20-39. She notes that even if younger people do not die from the virus, they can spread it to others.
"I know what I am asking you to contemplate is difficult and unprecedented, but these are difficult and unprecedented times," the governor says in her letter.
The governor says fighting COVID-19 is a team sport, and asks the universities help the state fight COVID-19.
UNM Athletics Director Eddie Nunez said it's too early to know whether fall sports will proceed.
"Does it start later? Does it start earlier? Does it go in the spring? All those many questions that we're trying to identify," Nunez said.
If sports do not take place in the fall, Nunez said the financial implications are obvious but the health of people in the programs is the priority.
"Every conversation is driven first from safety and health," Nunez said. "Everything we need to do needs to keep those in mind before we start talking about dollars and cents because I'm not going to have our student athletes or coaches participate if we can't provide a safe environment for them."
Nunez says they are looking for direction from the Mountain West Conference and NCAA. When they get more guidance, they will present those options.
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