BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — California State University Bakersield is suspending all team sports activities in response to coronavirus concerns. In a statement, CSUB said the decision was made with the best interest of its student-athletes, coaches, staff and fans in mind.
The full statement read:
With the best interests of its student-athletes, coaches, staff, fans, and the Bakersfield community in mind, the CSU Bakersfield Athletics Department has decided to indefinitely suspend all team athletics activities. With the global spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), CSUB is committed to proactively ensuring the health and safety of all Roadrunners by limiting any further spread of the virus through travel, competition, and practice.
The CSUB Athletics administration has directed its staff, coaches, and student-athletes to cease practices and suspend all previously scheduled competitions. The suspension of athletics activities will continue until further notice and the Athletics Department will closely monitor developing information from health and safety officials in order to determine if a return to competition is possible.
Bakersfield’s decision to cease team activities comes in the midst of worldwide cancelations and postponements. Officials from several professional sporting leagues and many NCAA institutions have made the choice to suspend play in order to ensure the safety and wellbeing of everyone involved. With those priorities in mind, CSUB Athletics is following suit, putting health and wellness ahead of competition.