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Wednesday, December 1, 2021

KU Athletics: Calling off 2022 Kansas Relays ‘the financially responsible decision’

Kyle Clemons, a Kansas track and field alumnus and US Olympic Gold Medalist finishes first in the 400 meter dash at the Kansas Relays, April 19, 2019 at Rock Chalk Park.

Kyle Clemons, a Kansas track and field alumnus and US Olympic Gold Medalist finishes first in the 400 meter dash at the Kansas Relays, April 19, 2019 at Rock Chalk Park.

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When KU Athletics Inc., decided to call off the 2022 Kansas Relays, citing ongoing challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the athletic department’s concerns centered around the financial implications of hosting the large-scale track and field event.

KU spokesman Dan Beckler told the Journal-World on Wednesday that not hosting the event this coming spring was tied to the athletic department operating at a deficit last fiscal year, and projections which indicate that will be the case again this fiscal year.

“As a result, it was determined that postponing the relays for another year is the financially responsible decision,” Beckler said. “We look forward to using the additional time to properly plan and celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Kansas Relays in new and exciting ways in 2023.”

This will mark the third consecutive year KU won’t have the relays. KU also called off the 2021 Kansas Relays due to financial concerns created by the pandemic, which wiped out numerous sporting events and sources of revenue in 2020. The 2020 relays, of course, got canceled along with other spring sports that year.

Comments

Glen Miller 1 month, 3 weeks ago

I guess we must be the only place having that problem. Don't recall any other big meets being called off, but sure. I would rather them just be honest and admit that due to posturing and pressure from outside forces, we are giving the whiners their way.

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