No more high school sports in NY state this academic year, association says

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The announcement came on the same day Gov. Andrew Cuomo said all K-12 schools and colleges in New York state will stay closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year.

all K-12 schools and colleges in New York stat... will stay closed The association said state high school sports associations in 43 other states also have canceled the rest of their spring seasons.

Paul Harrica, president of the New York association, now will begin the process of selecting members to serve on an ad-hoc committee that will "address and analyze the potential impact of COVID-19 on the fall 2020 interscholastic athletic season," the association said in its announcement. It said the committee is to include school superintendents, principals and athletic directors, and section executive directors, among others. State education and health officials also will participate.

"Many throughout our state were hopeful students would have the chance to participate in high school athletics this spring and return to some sense of normalcy,” Robert Zayas, executive director of the state association, said in a prepared statement. “Unfortunately, the COVID-19 crisis has taken a toll on many aspects of our lives, and high school athletics is one of them.

"At this time, we must focus our attention on the health and safety of all New Yorkers," Zayas said.

The association previously canceled the four remaining winter state championship events and then was forced to cancel all spring state championships.

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