How sporting events are being handled amid coronavirus outbreak in Central Virginia

How sporting events are being handled amid coronavirus outbreak in Central Virginia
(Source: NBC12)

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Here is how sporting events are being handled in Central Virginia.

NASCAR at Richmond Raceway

NASCAR has postponed all race events through May 3, including the Toyota Spring Race Weekend at Richmond Raceway that was scheduled for April 17-19.

Officials said they will work closely with NASCAR to reschedule the event while maintaining contact with federal and local government.

“As a sport and community, we are united in the best interests of the safety and well-being of our fans, competitors, stakeholders, and track personnel,” said Richmond President Dennis Bickmeier. “As this dynamic situation continues to evolve, we will continue to work closely with our federal, state, local, and public health officials. We look forward to brighter and healthier days ahead in the greater Richmond region when NASCAR returns to Richmond Raceway.”

Richmond Flying Squirrels

The Flying Squirrels will be delaying the start of its season due to the outbreak.

“This is about the safety of our fans, employees, players, media and everyone else in our community,” Flying Squirrels VP & COO Todd “Parney” Parnell said. “That is the most important thing, period. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone impacted. The world has been thrown a big curveball, and it is up to us all to work together to get through this safely, and when we do, the memories we do will be the sweetest of all time.”

Further decisions about the start of the season will be made at a later date.

Richmond Kickers

The Richmond Kickers will suspend preseason activities and delay the start of the 2020 League One season by a minimum of two weeks due to the coronavirus.

“As a club, first and foremost, the safety of our fans, players, coaches and staff are of the utmost importance,” said Rob Ukrop, Richmond Kickers Chairman. “We will remain in constant contact with the USL and local health officials to ensure proper measures are taken.”

Virginia Commonwealth University

All spring athletics have been canceled after the Atlantic 10 Conference canceled all spring competitions and championships for member schools.

Student-athletes can still work out. In addition, athletic training, sports psychology and other services will be available.

“Our conference took thoughtful action. As difficult a decision as this is for our student-athletes still competing, safety is the most important aspect of this decision,” said VCU Vice President and Director of Athletics Ed McLaughlin.

University of Richmond

With the Atlantic 10 Conference canceling all spring competitions and championships, this, in turn, cancels all of the Univerisity of Richmond’s athletic events.

Canceled Tournaments

The Virginia High School League (VHSL) Basketball Tournament announced that the games on Friday and Saturday have been canceled due to the threat of the coronavirus.

Teams in Class 3, 4, 5, and 6 will be declared co-champions.

The VHSL also announced it is canceling its March Group Membership meeting on Friday held in Richmond.

Reports say the Atlantic 10 Tournament has been canceled after both VCU and University of Massachusett’s teams left the floor. The Atlantic 10 has suspended spring sports, which includes VCU and Richmond.

Many conferences such as the SEC, Big 10, and the ACC canceled the remainder of their tournaments as well.

SEC, ACC among basketball tourneys canceled for coronavirus concerns

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