Six referees who were supposed to officiate the Men’s Division I Basketball championships in Indiana have been removed following a positive COVID-19 test.
One of the six officials was reported to have tested positive, but the NCAA said in a statement that the other five interacted with the individual for a prolonged amount of time and must quarantine.
The risk of exposure makes them unable to participate in the upcoming games.
There are four preapproved replacement officials available for the March Madness tournament, but two will not be replaced.
This is the first reported COVID-19 case among those who are inside the controlled environment created for the men's tournament.
Games are set to start this Thursday, March 18.