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BASKETBALL, HOCKEY, WRESTLING, CHEER IN DOUBT FOR WINTER

Update From Cuomo’s Office Says Gov. ‘Not Inclined’ To Allow Those Sports To Play

By Rich Thomaselli
HVSR Staff

The rising coronavirus infection rate in the state of New York has again given Gov. Andrew Cuomo pause on allowing high-risk sports basketball, ice hockey, wrestling and competitive cheerleading to play.

That was made apparent Monday during Cuomo’s weekly teleconference.

Speaking on the call, state budget director Robert Mujica cited recent spikes in coronavirus rates as holding up high-risk sports, which can’t compete until at least Dec. 31. A determination will be made between now and then.

“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,” Mujica said. “We’re continuing to look at those numbers. But the numbers right now don’t indicate that we’re going to expand them right now.”

The other winter sports, including low- to moderate-risk sports bowling, gymnastics, indoor track, boys swimming and skiing, are allowed to start on Nov. 30, according to NYS Public High School Athletic Association Executive Director Robert Zayas.

It is not known if basketball, wrestling, ice hockey and cheerleading would be moved to another season, as the state did with fall high-risk sports football, volleyball and cheerleading and gave them their own season, dubbed ‘Fall II’, starting in March.

Already, some districts and sections are reacting.

Section 3 (Syracuse area) last week decided to move its winter season back two weeks. Instead of starting on Nov. 30, the winter season in Section 3 will begin on Dec. 14 and end on Feb. 28.

None of this bodes well for the rest of the state, including Section 1, which has been ultra-conservative in its decision-making. On top of that, you have entities like the State University of New York Athletic Conference, which has already canceled its entire winter sports season.

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