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KHSAA, IHSAA suspends boys' and girls' state basketball tournament indefinitely

Multiple high school basketball teams took to Twitter to make the announcement.
Credit: KHSAA

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Kentucky High School Athletic Association Athletic Association have suspended the boys' and girls' state basketball tournament indefinitely.

Indiana High School Athletic Association announced Friday the postponement of the boys' state basketball tournament. There is no announcement on the girls' state basketball tournament at this time.

The KHSAA announced the decision after originally suspending ticket sales and only allowing essential people attend. The tournament was being held at Rupp Arena in Lexington.

In its statement, the KHSAA said the situation with COVID-19 is fluid, and it does not seem to be in best interest of players and fans to continue the tournament. Refund options will be coming later today, KHSAA said.

"The Association will try and seek options for rescheduling later in the spring if at all possible, but not until after we have received collaborative approval from our Governor’s office, the Commissioner of Public Health and the Kentucky Department of Education," the announcement said.

The Indiana High School Athletic Association said state tournaments will continue, but with limited to no spectators on Thursday. 

IHSAA released the following statement on the postponement of the boys' state basketball tournament.

"Due to the number of schools closing after today for an extended period of time, it has become apparent the IHSAA boys basketball tournament series cannot be completed as scheduled. Subsequently, the boys basketball tournament is postponed immediately."

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear has advised Kentuckians to avoid large gatherings. The NCAA March Madness Tournament and the NBA and NHL seasons have been suspended at this time. 

For more information, visit the KHSAA website.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates. 

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