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Amid coronavirus concerns, all sports events and mass gatherings have been cancelled, including the National Invitation Tournament 2020 (NIT).
Following Ohio Governor Mike Dewine’s progressive approach to battling the coronavirus, the Horizon League and NCAA officials have decided to suspend all league-sponsored sport competitions.
Just after Dewine issued a ban on all mass gatherings over 100 people on March 12, the NCAA and Horizon League followed suit.
According to a press release sent out on March 12, NCAA President Mark Emmert and the Board of Governors announced the cancellations of all remaining winter and spring NCAA championships.
This includes the 2020 NIT, which was set to include the Wright State Men’s Basketball team.
Wright State University commented on the cancellations following the decision.
“As always, Wright State Athletics is committed to the welfare and safety of our student-athletes,” according to the Wright State University Department of Athletics. “Their health and well-being, along with that of our coaches and staff, is paramount. Wright State is closely monitoring this rapidly evolving situation and continuing to follow direction from federal, state and local authorities to make decisions based on the most up-to-date information available.”
A bittersweet end
For seniors, their final seasons have been cut short following these cancellations.
Some of these athletes have used Twitter to express their gratitude for a great season and their sadness at the unexpected end.
“And just like that it’s over,” said senior basketball player Bill Wampler. “[I] want to thank everyone for believing in me and supporting me. Was hoping we could have at least one more game together, love you Raider Nation. ONE OUT!”
Many have responded to the tweet thanking the senior for his time on the court and wishing him luck wherever the future may take him.
For seniors all over the world, their final moments are being cut short due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Nevertheless, the university is reassuring students that everyone is in this together.
There are currently no confirmed cases of coronavirus at Wright State main campus or lake campus.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness spread between people in close contact with each other or through respiratory droplets from coughing or sneezing. To protect yourself and those around you, cover coughs and sneezes and avoid contact with the eyes, nose and mouth. Symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC.)
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