USA Softball Postpones Tour Stops Due To COVID-19 Outbreak
USA Softball announced late Wednesday night that its "Stand Beside Her" tour stops in Washington and Oregon are postponed due to the recent COVID-19 outbreak.
"After assessing the recent updates surrounding COVID-19, USA Softball has made the decision to postpone the Seattle, Hillsboro and Eugene 'Stand Beside Her' tour stops, presented by Major League Baseball," USA Softball announced in a statement.
The news came just hours after it was announced that the Ivy League would cancel the remainder of its spring sports season, which impacts its eight Division-I softball teams, because of the virus.
The USA Softball tour stops that are postponed were supposed to feature five games in total and take place Thursday in Seattle versus Washington, Tuesday in Hillsboro, Ore. versus Portland State and Oregon State and Wednesday in Eugene, Ore. versus Southern Oregon and Oregon.
"While we understand the disappointment that may come with this decision, this decision was made in the best interest of the health and safety of our athletes, staff, fans and the softball community," the statement added. "We will continue to monitor the situation surrounding COVID-19 and will make necessary changes to keep us all safe and healthy. As the situation continues to develop, USA Softball will do our best to continue to keep our community informed."
Softball competition at the 2020 Olympics is set to begin in Tokyo on July 22.