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VALLEY CITY (VCSU) – The NAIA National Office announced Monday that it is canceling the entire 2020 spring sports season, effective immediately, due to the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.

"We know this is extremely disappointing, especially for our student-athletes," NAIA president & CEO Jim Carr said in a press release Monday. "All possible options for maintaining the spring season were discussed at great length by multiple governance groups. However, the growing state of emergency due to COVID-19, as well as the Center for Disease Control's recommendation yesterday to limit gatherings to fewer than 50 people for eight weeks, meant we could not in good conscience move forward, possibly putting student-athletes, staff, and fans at risk."

Read the full story in your Wednesday, March 18th Times-Record. Purchase a paper copy at the TR office or an electronic edition online at www.times-online.com

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