In what has been hailed as a "big step" toward a return to college sports competition, the Pac-12 conference today announced a partnership with a diagnostics company aimed at providing potentially daily coronavirus testing for contact sports students.

The conference, which includes UCLA and USC, canceled fall sports
Season last month amid concerns about COVID-19, suggesting the affected sports may return to competition early next year, depending on the status of the pandemic.

Conference officials noted that a vital part of that decision was the
Lack of a robust testing program that provides frequent testing and quick results. It
was unclear whether the new partnership with Quidel Corp. will be announced on Thursday
request rethinking this timeline, but conference officials said it opens up
the door to a potentially earlier return of affected sports, including

"This is an important step towards the safe resumption of Pac-12 sport
Competitions, "said Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott in a statement."
Availability of a reliable test that can be performed daily with almost
Immediate results, addresses one of the top concerns we have raised
medical advisory board as well as athletes, coaches and others.
At the same time, our partnership with Quidel, the industry leader in the point-of-point sector
Foster antigen testing will provide important research data that will benefit ours
Member communities as well as the whole country. "

Test machines and kits are expected to be shipped to all Pac-12s
Conference sports departments by the end of the month and in the coming months
Conference officials meet with their "sports planning committees" for weeks
evaluate a possible return to competition.

Scott said the deal with Quidel addressed concerns
Conference chairman last month when the fall sport was canceled about the need
for "more frequent tests, closer to game time and faster
Change of sides. "

Conference officials said the testing program will also help provide relief
local health authorities from the burden of carrying out contact tracing.

"This is an opportunity to bring our athletes back to a
careful and controlled manner in monitoring the results, "said Dr. Kimberly
Harmon, director of sports medicine at the University of Washington. "It
is win-win for athletics and to improve our understanding of strategies
Prevent spread during exercise. "


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