NCAA tourney off; PIAA postpones for two weeks

From Mirror reports

The popular NCAA men’s and women’s basketball tournaments — March Madness — was canceled at 4:15 p.m. this afternoon due to the coronavirus.

The PIAA announced today the immediate suspension of both the high school boys and girls basketball playoffs as well as the PIAA swimming and diving championships for a minimum of two weeks.

The PIAA Board of Directors decided via a unanimous vote to suspend the championships after consulting with various health departments.

“The Board of Directors are committed to promoting an environment of healthy athletic competition that is consistent with current health department and the Center of Disease Control guidelines,” said Dr. Robert Lombardi, the PIAA executive director, in a statement posted on the PIAA’s website.

The PIAA’s Medicine Committee will meet this weekend for further discussion.

The announcement also included that modifications would be made to the tournaments including limiting team and spectator parties, health re-certification by authorized medical professionals and changes to gameday procedures.


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