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NYSPHSAA cancels winter championships, high risk sports postponed

Basketball

(WBNG) -- The New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) has announced the cancellation of all 2021 winter state championships, and the postponement of high risk sports until state officials give approval for them to begin.

In a press release, NYSPHSAA Executive Director Robert Zayas cited travel and overnight accommodations as challenges for holding championships.

"At this time, we must prioritize maximizing student participation without a focus on championship events," said Zayas.

The initial postponement came in November, when the NYSPHSAA pushed high-risk sports to January 4.

Sports classified as "high-risk" include basketball, boys lacrosse, competitive cheerleading, football, ice hockey, volleyball and wrestling.

Low and moderate risk sports are still cleared to begin.

Julia Gorman

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