Coronavirus Blog 4/21/20: IHSA Cancels Spring Sports | WGLT

Coronavirus Blog 4/21/20: IHSA Cancels Spring Sports

Apr 21, 2020

The coronavirus story is developing quickly in Illinois. Here are updates from WGLT's newsroom and our partners at Illinois Public Radio, NPR, and The Associated Press.

You can also see (or add to) our list of cancellations, closures, and rescheduled events. Find all of our coverage at WGLT.org/Coronavirus.

IHSA CANCELS SPRING SPORTS, LIMITS SUMMER PRACTICES
12:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 21

The Illinois High School Association Board of Directors voted Tuesday to cancel all spring state tournaments, following Gov. JB Pritzker’s move to keep all schools closed through the spring semester.

“We support the decision by Governor Pritzker and the Illinois State Board of Education, and given the logistics, we simply felt we could not conduct state tournaments that meet the expectations of our member schools this spring, ” said IHSA Executive Director Craig Anderson. “As disappointing as it may be for students, it is the right decision for their health and safety, as well as for the health and safety of the general public, as we cope with this unprecedented pandemic.”

The board has also suspended all contact practices for football and other sports during the summer unless state government and medical leaders indicate such gatherings are safe, the IHSA said in a news release.

-- Eric Stock | WGLT

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