University of Iowa permanently canceling four sports programs

The University of Iowa announced Friday that it will permanently cancel four sports programs amid financial hardship brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. 

In a statement to the University of Iowa athletics community, university President Bruce Harreld and athletics director Gary Barta announced that the school would be discontinuing men’s gymnastics, men’s and women’s swimming and diving, and the men’s tennis sports programs at the end of the 2020-2021 academic year. 

“Each of these teams will have the opportunity to compete in their upcoming 2020-21 seasons, should the circumstances surrounding COVID-19 permit, before they are discontinued at the varsity level,” the two wrote. 

The university officials said funding cuts were necessary due to a lack of revenue caused by the cancellation of the Big Ten Conference football season.

“The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in a financial exigency which threatens our continued ability to adequately support 24 intercollegiate athletics programs at the

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