Wolf Administration Provides Guidance to Resume High School and Other Summer Sports

first_img Press Release,  Public Health The Wolf Administration today issued preliminary guidance for high school and recreational sports teams to resume voluntary workouts and other in-person activities in the state’s yellow and green phases. The guidance includes college and professional sports.“Pennsylvania has some of the best athletes and teams in the country and they can now begin to safely return to organized sports,” said Gov. Wolf. This guidance balances keeping student athletes safe from COVID-19 while allowing them to participate in an important part of their lives.“This is another step toward reopening our state and getting things back on track. As students and teammates get ready to train and compete, it’s important that they follow precautions to protect each other and their community from the risk of COVID-19.”The preliminary guidance is a starting point for summer sports teams and the Wolf Administration will continue to work with stakeholders. The guidance for fall, winter and spring sports seasons may be updated.Public and private K-12 schools under the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) and the Pennsylvania Independent Schools Athletic Association (PISAA) in the yellow and green phase can resume voluntary sports-related workouts. Schools must first develop an athletic health and safety plan in alignment with the Department of Education’s Preliminary Guidance for Phased Reopening of Schools guidance, that is approved by the local board of directors and posted on the school’s website.Recreational and amateur sports teams in the green phase that are not affiliated with a K-12 school can hold in-person activities, including games and practices. Examples include basketball, hockey, field hockey, football, soccer, swimming, baseball, softball, lacrosse, gymnastics and kickball. Youth sports organizations should follow CDC guidelines.Gatherings of all participants, including players, athletic staff, officials and spectators are limited to 25 in the yellow phase and 250, or 50 percent capacity, in the green phase, as outlined in the Process to Reopen Pennsylvania.League and team staff must review CDC guidance for youth sports. Coaches and other adult personnel should wear face coverings and screen athletes for symptoms before practices and games. All participants must follow safe hygiene and social distancing practices, avoid unnecessary physical contact, and clean and disinfect equipment and facilities. Teams are encouraged to stagger drop-off and pick-up times at outdoor locations and designate entrances and exits to facilities.Parents and other spectators should practice social distancing, wear face coverings and not enter the field or bench areas. Parents should monitor children for COVID-19 symptoms and evaluate children at higher risk for severe illnesses.College sports sanctioned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), including intramural and club sports, can resume in-person activity after developing an athletic health and safety plan in alignment with PDE’s Postsecondary Education Institutions and Adult Education Programs guidance.Professional sports can resume immediately. Teams or leagues in the yellow phase, or if more than 250 people are on site in the green phase, must have a COVID-19 safety plan approved by the Department of Health.The guidance released today provides additional information.The Wolf Administration also updated guidance on outdoor recreation today and previously released summer guidance for camps, pools, and child care.All counties are in the yellow or green phase.Ver esta página en español. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter June 10, 2020center_img Wolf Administration Provides Guidance to Resume High School and Other Summer Sportslast_img read more

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“CHEATED”: I lost interest in boxing after De La Hoya defeat – Ike Quartey

first_imgFormer World Boxing Association (WBA) welterweight titleholder, Ike Quartey, has stated that he lost interest in the sport after his defeat to Oscar De La Hoya because he felt “cheated”.The two boxers met in a high-profile welterweight clash in February 1999 in the United States for De La Hoya’s crown.Despite Quartey dominating the early exchanges, a last round flurry of punches from De La Hoya swayed the fight in favor of the Puerto Rican American who was declared winner by the judges.In an interview with Graphic Sports, Quartey said that the result bothered him so much because he was treated unfairly.“I won that fight and everyone knows it. You can’t judge a bout by just a round because the verdict is supposed to reflect 12 rounds.“He didn’t win the fight but he was only given the win on boxing politics at the time,” an emotional Quartey said.The defeat to Oscar De La Hoya proved a negative turning point in his career as he found it difficult to stay at the top in the sport.Quartey will later have the chance to win another title but was defeated courtesy a unanimous decision in April 2000.The Ghanaian boxer finally hanged his gloves in 2006 with 42 fights, 37 wins, 31 knockouts, 4 losses and a draw.last_img read more

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