High-risk winter sports still in limbo according to latest from state officials

Low to moderate-risk winter sports have been cleared for competition beginning later this month statewide. However, high-risk winter sports are still not authorized for interscholastic play.

Posted: Nov 10, 2020 12:49 AM

WKTV - With the intended start date for winter sports rapidly approaching, it doesn't appear as though high-risk indoor sports, such as ice hockey, basketball, wrestling and competitive cheerleading, will be cleared for full competition any time soon.

During a conference call with Governor Andrew Cuomo and his top aides, Monday, the topic was addressed with little optimism that things would be changing in the immediate future due to the recent spike in coronavirus rates statewide.

"As we're seeing the inclines in different parts of the state, we're not inclined to go ahead with opening the winter sports at this time," said New York State Budget Directo Robert Mujica, who has been tasked with overseeing reopening plans. "We're continuing to look at those numbers, but the numbers right now don't indicate we are going to expand them right now."

No official announcement has been made, however, it doesn't appear likely that these sports will be cleared for full competition by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association's (NYSPHSAA) anticipated start date of Nov. 30.

The NYSPHSAA did confirm, Monday, that low to moderate-risk sports, such as bowling, gymnastics, indoor track & field, skiing, and swimming & diving, will be permitted to begin competition at the end of the month.

Locally, Section III Athletics recently announced Dec. 14 as the start date for winter sports. The indoor track & field season has been postponed indefinitely and the swimming & diving season will take place during the Fall II season in March.

Previously, state officials have said that a final decision regarding the fate of high-risk winter sports will be made on or before Dec. 31.

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