WIU spring sports cancelled by Summit League due to coronavirus

(NEWS3) — The Summit League announced it is canceling all spring sports due to the coronavirus outbreak.

This affects baseball, softball, track and field, golf and women’s tennis at Western Illinois University.

Summit League Commissioner Tom Douple said in a press release this cancellation includes all non-conference, conference and championship competitions through the end of the 2019-20 academic year.

“The decision yesterday to suspend spring sports for the month of March gave the League roughly 24 hours to collect as much information as possible,” Douple said. “After we imposed the suspension, the NCAA announced the cancellation of all its spring championship events. Based upon that announcement and discussions with member of our Summit League Presidents’ Council last night and into this morning, we determined it is in the best interest of our student-athletes, our staffs and our fans to proceed with cancelling all spring competitions.

This comes after the NCAA cancelled Division I men’s and women’s basketball tournaments.

WIU announced Thursday the university is extending their spring break an extra week and then will transition into an alternative format until April 3.