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KHSAA: No plans to change Sweet 16 basketball tournaments

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Posted at 12:30 AM, Mar 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-09 00:30:41-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — The Kentucky High School Athletic Association announced on Sunday that it has no plans to change the scheduled KHSAA Sweet 16 basketball tournaments.

KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett said it a statement that the organization is continuing to monitor the issues surrounding COVID-19 and they are constantly reviewing information and advisories.

Tackett said that they are relying heavily on recommendations from the CDC and state and local health officials, as well as following the lead of the NCAA which has upcoming tournament games.

The statement said that at this point KHSAA will not alter any arrangements for either the girls or boys state tournaments that will be held at Rupp Arena. The girls games start on Wednesday.

KHSAA officials are encouraging stakeholders and athletes to practice risk mitigation at the tournament.

The statement says: "We as an organization cannot control individual decisions."

The KHSAA is recommending anyone who is sick, or is in a vulnerable population, to stay home from the games. They also urge everyone to wash hands diligently.

LEX 18 reached out to the KHSAA asking if there would be any extra precautions taken, like a ban on handshakes which has been discussed or enacted in other sports leagues around the world, or additional cleaning measures. Those questions have not specifically been answered.