Stanford Eliminates 11 Team Sports for 2020-2021
July 9, 2020
Citing budget constraints and Covid-19, Stanford University has announced that it will eliminate eleven sports for 2020. These include fencing, field hockey, lightweight rowing, men's rowing, co-ed and women's sailing, squash, synchronized swimming, men's volleyball, and wrestling for next year. Eleven sports in total will disappear.
Nationally, experts have commented that swimming pools are unlikely to open this summer, given the potential for spread of coronavirus.
" In consultation with the Board of Trustees," reads an open letter from Stanford, "we have made the decision to reduce the breadth of our athletics programs and staffing. Stanford will discontinue 11 of our varsity sports programs at the conclusion of the 2020-21 academic year: men's and women's fencing, field hockey, lightweight rowing, men's rowing, co-ed and women's sailing, squash, synchronized swimming, men's volleyball, and wrestling. All of these teams will have the opportunity to compete in their upcoming 2020-21 seasons, should the circumstances surrounding COVID-19 allow it, before they are discontinued at the varsity level. Regretfully, 20 of our support staff positions are being eliminated as part of this realignment.
"This is heartbreaking news to share. These 11 programs consist of more than 240 incredible student-athletes and 22 dedicated coaches. They were built by more than 4,000 alumni whose contributions led to 20 national championships, 27 Olympic medals, and an untold number of academic and professional achievements. Each of the individuals associated with these programs will forever have a place in Stanford's history. "
The letter is signed by Marc Tessier-Lavigne, President; Persis Drell, Provost; and Bernard Muir, Director of Athletics at Stanford University near Palo Alto, California.