In response to coronavirus, Central State University has canceled all athletic competition for the spring. The black college also announced that all spring athletic related events including, but not limited to, practices and spring football exhibitions will be suspended until further notice.

The decision was made in conjunction with protocols put in place by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) as well as recommendations from public health officials, according to a media report.

“In collaborative efforts with the NCAA and SIAC, Central State University has decided to cancel all spring athletic competition while suspending practices and team activities until further notice. Our decision is in the best interest of the safety and well-being of our student-athletes, coaches, staff, fans and the community,” Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Tara A. Owens said. “As organizations around the world continue to adapt and work together to neutralize the spread of COVID-19, we remain attentive to this situation and will continue to evaluate if additional actions need to be taken.”

CSU officials said that they have been in talks with the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), NCAA, and SIAC as well as all of Ohio’s public universities and colleges while the disease takes center stage around the world.

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