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Gov. Wolf says PIAA has decision to make about fall sports

Gov. Tom Wolf said Thursday he wasn’t sure there is anything the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association could say which would make him change his recommendation of no sports for the rest of the year.

During a press conference in York County, Wolf emphasized his remark last week about no sports being played until Jan. 1 was just a recommendation.

“(The PIAA) has a decision to make on their own,” Wolf said. “I’m just one person — maybe I’m the governor — but I’m one person that has an opinion on what we ought to do here.”

Wolf seemingly put the ball in the court of the PIAA to make a decision about whether or not to proceed with fall high school sports. At a press conference last week, Wolf said his recommendation was to play no sports, whether interscholastic or recreational, until Jan. 1, 2021. It set off a firestorm of responses from the PIAA, including holding an emergency Board of Directors meeting last Friday where the board voted to postpone the fall sports season by two weeks.

PIAA executive director Dr. Robert Lombardi sent a letter to the governor earlier this week asking for an opportunity to meet with Wolf and his staff to present their ideas about how to hold a fall sports season safely. Wolf said during his press conference Thursday he has received the letter but has not yet read it.

Wolf said multiple times the priority should be on returning students to their education and making sure they receive their education.

“We’re trying to do everything we can to get our kids back to learning,” Wolf said. “I don’t see how transporting, whatever age population, across county borders is going to help the effort to mitigate this disease and get us back to learning. So let’s put that on pause. The focus should be on learning. And anything that interferes with that, we ought to be careful.”

Read more in Friday’s edition of the Sun-Gazette

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