Sports still on hold

Que Tucker announced this morning that sports are on hold for the foreseeable future due to COVID-19.
Que Tucker announced this morning that sports are on hold for the foreseeable future due to COVID-19.

High School sports remain in limbo after Gov. Roy Cooper’s extension of the Phase Two COVID response on Wednesday.

Sports are still on hold in North Carolina High Schools, and will remain that way until at least September.

In a statement on Twitter this morning, N.C. High School Athletic Association Commissioner Que Tucker announced that due to the extension of Phase Two of the COVID-19 response, sports are on hold until a date yet to be determined.

Que Tucker announced this morning that sports are on hold for the foreseeable future due to COVID-19.
Que Tucker announced this morning on Twitter that sports are on hold for the foreseeable future due to COVID-19.

The NCHSSA had originally planned to begin the fall sports season Sept. 1, but the extension of Phase Two is effective util Sept. 11.
“Unfortunately, this announcement means that the start of the 2020-2021 school year will be delayed beyond September 1 for NCHSAA member schools,” Tucker posted.

The NCHSAA Staff and Board of Directors will review all available options, consult with additional specialists and announce a calendar for playing sports during the upcoming school year in the coming weeks, Tucker wrote.
“It is hoped that we can make this announcement prior to Aug. 17, 2020,” he wrote.

“We want to play sports during the upcoming school year and are making plans to do so,” the statement said. “However, the health and safety of all participants, including coaches and other essential staff, will be a priority as decisions and plans are made.”

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