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Stanford drops 11 sports to cut costs during pandemic

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(AP) Stanford is dropping 11 sports amid financial difficulties caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

The school announced it will discontinue 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 after the 2020-21 academic year. Stanford also is eliminating 20 support staff positions.

Stanford projected a deficit of more than $25 million in the 2021 fiscal year and a shortfall of nearly $70 million over the next three years due to the pandemic.

The school estimated the cost of sustaining the 11 sports permanently would exceed $200 million.

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