Updated: November 17, 2020 05:11 PM
Created: November 17, 2020 11:55 AM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC)— The New York State Public High School Athletic Association announced Tuesday the start of high-risk winter sports would be delayed until at least January 2021.
Those sports include basketball, ice hockey, and wrestling.
#NYSPHSAA announces the high risk winter sports season will begin on 1/4/21.— NYSPHSAA (@NYSPHSAA) November 17, 2020
Low/moderate risk sports will begin on 11/30/20 as previously announced.
In addition, the Return to Interscholastic Athletics document has been updated and can be found here: https://t.co/L6I6A1sWNM pic.twitter.com/wqJ2eyKSsX
In a statement, NYSPHSAA said in part:
“The NYSPHSAA membership has expressed concerns pertaining to the increase in infection rates,” said Dr. Robert Zayas, NYSPHSAA Executive Director. “Minimizing risk and exposure to COVID-19 is a top priority of the Association. We continue to make these types of decisions based upon readily available information and communication with state officials.”
The glass half full approach is that basketball, hockey and wrestling aren't cancelled, for now the start is just delayed. https://t.co/HaNpgcOUxA— Rich Donnelly (@whec_rdonnelly) November 17, 2020
"I think much like we've seen from the last eight months, with each passing day and each passing week, different types of data are being analyzed by state officials, and we're hopeful we eventually get to a point where our state officials determine that it's ok, appropriate and safe for high-risk sports to be given authorization to start participating," Zayas said.
Right now the decision is that the first Monday of the new year is the earliest sports like basketball, hockey and wrestling can begin to compete.
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