PIAA delays start of mandatory activities for two weeks, asks for more discussion

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WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — The PIAA board of directors met this afternoon to review Governor Wolf’s statement yesterday about suspending sports until January 1st and the decision was made to ultimately continue with the 2020 fall sports season.

In a statement the board released, all mandatory fall sports activities are paused for two weeks. They can restart August 24th. That includes heat acclimatization practices. However, voluntary workouts with local approval may continue through that time.

On August 21st, the board will reconvene and re-evaluate its ability to hold safe fall sports seasons for each sport during the 2020-2021 school year while working with the Wolf administration.

The statement read, “The committee believes that strict adherence by schools and teams to their school-adopted plans and the governor’s school sports guidance should provide a reasonably safe environment for student athletes to participate in interscholastic athletics as currently scheduled.”

PIAA Executive Director Dr. Robert Lombardi answered questions from the media this afternoon.

“Our intention is to give as many opportunities to student athletes as possible. We believe there’s a lot of fall sports that fit into our ability to be run and we would like the opportunity to have some discussion to go through some of the items that we’ve done to try to host these events with our students. We have been inundated the last 24 hours, I would say probably 7500 emails, so, our intent is to host as many as we possibly can.”

The full statement can be read here:

Full statement released by the PIAA Friday afternoon in response to Governor Tom Wolf’s “strong recommendation” that sports not resume until Jan. 1 2021.

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