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State basketball tournaments postponed due to COVID-19

Johnson City Press • Updated Mar 12, 2020 at 9:50 PM

Due to the novel coronavirus, the remainder of the TSSAA girls state basketball tournament and next week’s boys state tournament have been suspended, the organization announced Thursday evening.

The potential rescheduling of these events hinges on the length of the suspension and the availability of facilities.

The TSSAA had intentions of conducting the tournaments with restricted attendance. However, plans changed after the suspension or cancellation of championship events by the NCAA and multiple collegiate conferences — including the Southeastern Conference basketball tournament that was being played nearby — the suspension of regular-season play in the NBA and the NHL; the closure of university campuses and several Tennessee public school systems; and the suspension or cancellation of high school championships in multiple other states.

Thursday’s announcement by the TSSAA included the following statement: COVID-19 is a public health threat, a threat to our student-athletes and our school communities. With the actions being taken all around us, including the action of our host university MTSU in sending all students away from campus, we believe it would be irresponsible and contrary to the public interest for us to continue our tournaments at this time and risk contributing to the spread of the virus. We will provide further updates as this pandemic evolves, including updates on whether we will be able to reschedule these tournaments.

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