COLUMBUS (WTVG) - The Ohio High School Athletic Association announced Thursday afternoon that all winter sports tournaments are now canceled due to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.
The tournaments for wrestling, boys and girls basketball, and ice hockey were previously postponed indefinitely.
According to a press release, its anticipated that schools will not be able to reopen for "many weeks, which prevents interscholastic athletics from taking place."
The start of the spring sports -- softball, lacrosse, baseball, track and field, and boys tennis -- is still postponed, also due to schools not being open.
“We are just devastated that the tournaments cannot be completed,” OHSAA executive director Jerry Snodgrass said. “But our priority is the safety of our student-athletes, coaches, communities and officials. Governor Mike DeWine is asking all Ohioans to do everything they can to stop the spread of this virus. That request, along with our schools not being able to reopen for weeks, means that school sports cannot happen at this time. Even if our schools reopen this spring, it will be difficult to find facilities willing to host the tournaments. Most campuses are shut down until mid to late summer.
“We are already planning for ways that these student-athletes will be honored at next year’s state tournament."