Local Collegiate Sports affected by COVID-19
Written by WZND Newsroom on March 12, 2020
NORMAL – As a result of the concerns surrounding COVID-19, Illinois State Athletics decided to cancel all home spring sports events through March 30th.
This doesn’t apply to individuals participating in NCAA competition. Redbird teams competing on the road can still play if the host school doesn’t cancel the event.
ISU Athletic Director Larry Lyons released the following statement Thursday afternoon:
“The health, safety, and well-being of our student-athletes, coaches, staff, and University community is at the heart of the decisions made today. Suspending competition is not a move that was taken lightly and while this is unfortunate for our student-athletes and staff, it is the right step with all of the current information we have at this time. In the coming days, we will continue to re-evaluate the situation and maintain our consultations University and MVC officials.”
In addition, next Friday’s Midwest Independent Conference Gymnastics Championship, scheduled to take place at Redbird Arena, has been canceled. Redbird Volleyball’s trip overseas has also been canceled.
Illinois Wesleyan Athletics has suspended all sporting events through March 29th.
Future spring athletic events taking place at Illinois State and Illinois Wesleyan are still to be discussed.
UPDATE: Heartland Community College has suspended play for all Hawks athletic teams for the Spring 2020 season.