Ohio State resumes voluntary workouts

Ohio State resumed voluntary campus workouts Tuesday, six days after an undisclosed number of positive COVID-19 tests forced the Buckeyes to halt training.

The school said the decision to restart workouts was based on the advice of medical professionals and the results of Monday’s latest test results for student-athletes in seven sports: football, men’s and women’s basketball, field hockey, men’s and women’s soccer and women’s volleyball.

“Our Buckeyes are excited to be headed into a new school year and were disappointed last week when we had to temporarily suspend training,” Ohio State athletics director Gene Smith said in a statement. “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.”

Smith said the athletes will be tested routinely moving forward, and that a strict set of protective protocols — social distancing, masks, hygiene and cleaning procedures — is in place.

Ohio State started voluntary summer workouts on its Columbus campus on June 8.

Last week the Big Ten announced fall sports for all member schools would play conference-only games. The football team, coming off a 13-1 season and No. 3 final ranking in 2019, was scheduled to open the season at home on Sept. 5 against Bowling Green but lost its first three games (Bowling Green, at Oregon, vs. Buffalo) because of the conference-only ruling.