(Story by Marco Stoovelaar)
NCAA cancels all remaining winter and spring Championships, including College World Series
INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (USA) -
On Thursday, (March 12), the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) announced that it has cancelled all remaining winter and spring sports National Championships.
This includes the College World Series, the Championship-tournaments of the baseball and softball college-seasons.
On earlier days, several Conferences already had cancelled or postponed their sports activities.
The NCAA issued the following statement:
,,Today, NCAA President Mark Emmert and the Board of Governors canceled the Division I menís and womenís 2020 basketball tournaments, as well as all remaining winter and spring NCAA championships.
This decision is based on the evolving COVID-19 public health threat, our ability to ensure the events do not contribute to spread of the pandemic, and the impracticality of hosting such events at any time during this academic year given ongoing decisions by other entities.''
The Division I College World Series Baseball, which was first played in 1947, was scheduled for June 13-24 in Omaha, Nebraska.
The Division I Women's Softball College World Series was scheduled for May 28 through June 3 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
The softball-edition was first held in 1982.
Also on Thursday, Major League Baseball announced that the opening of the regular season has been delayed for at least two weeks, while all remaining Spring Training-games were cancelled.
Shortly thereafter, Minor League Baseball announced that that start of its full-season leagues also will be delayed.
Furthermore on Thursday, the National Hockey League (NHL) and Major League Soccer (MLS) also have temporarily suspended their seasons.
The NHL has 189 games left to be played, the MLS suspended its season for at least 30 days.
On Wednesday-evening, the season of the National Basketball League (NBA) already had been halted temporarily.
Start Major League-season delayed; Spring Training-games cancelled. (March 12)