Ohio State resumes voluntary workouts in football, other sports

Joey Kaufman

Ohio State restarted voluntary workouts on Tuesday in football and six other varsity sports after they were briefly suspended last week due to multiple positive COVID-19 tests among athletes.

The school said its decision to restart workouts followed a round of testing that was conducted Monday. Athletes in all sports, including football, as well as men’s and women’s basketball, field hockey, men’s and women’s soccer and women’s volleyball, submitted to testing.

Aggregate testing numbers have not been released by OSU, which has cited privacy reasons in its decision not to release figures.

In a statement, athletic director Gene Smith said the athletes would continue to be tested on a routine basis and workouts would be re-evaluated at later dates.

“Our Buckeyes are excited to be headed into a new school year and were disappointed last week when we had to temporarily suspend training,” Smith said. “These young people come from across the nation and the world to be part of our Ohio State family, and we do everything we can to create a safe, healthy environment so that they have a chance to study and compete. Our medical team will continue to evaluate, and we will share decisions as we move forward.”