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SPOKANE, Wash. — With the news Monday of schools in Washington state closing for the rest of this school year, the WIAA released a statement deciding to cancel everything.

Previously, they were holding off on canceling spring sports, waiting for clarification from the Governor’s office as education-based athletics and activities, they say, were not addressed in Governor Inslee’s announcement on Monday.

They received that clarification, and released the following statement:

“The WIAA has received clarification that the order issued by Governor Inslee on Monday includes the cancellation of all in-person extracurricular athletics and activities through the end of the school year. This will include all regular season contests and practices as well as all postseason tournaments and championship events.

“The decision was undoubtedly a difficult one for Governor Inslee. However, it was done so to keep the students and families of Washington safe. The WIAA Executive Board and the WIAA Staff feel for those students around the state that have had their seasons or careers cut short. This terrible disease has not only prevented students from creating lifelong memories through competition, it has limited the valuable lessons gained through participation in education-based athletics and activities.

“The WIAA will continue to work with member schools around the state of Washington to navigate this unprecedented time. We have already seen some outstanding examples of athletic directors and coaches making the best of their situations and we know that work will continue.”