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PIAA suspends basketball, boys and girls swimming and diving events; MAHS athlete was to take part

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PIAA Board of Directors decided Thursday by a unanimous vote to suspend the PIAA basketball and AA boys and girls swimming and diving championships for minimally a two-week period.

The AAA swimming and diving championships at Bucknell University in Lewisburg were held Thursday with limited spectators and concluded at the end of Thursday’s mid-afternoon diving session.

Middletown’s Gavin Guckavan, a sophomore, was to take part Friday and Saturday in the Boys 2A competition at Bucknell. His events are the 200-yard individual medley and the 100-yard backstroke.

“The Board of Directors, in consultation with various health departments, believes this action is in the best interest of our member schools, their student-athletes, sports officials and the general public. PIAA, by enforcing a two–week hiatus from our basketball and AA swimming championships, believes this action will allow schools time to perform self-assessments and make decisions to promote optimal health conditions in their communities.”

PIAA Executive Director Dr. Robert A. Lombardi stated; “The Board of Directors’ are committed to promoting an environment of healthy athletic competition that is consistent with current health department and the Center for the Disease Control guidelines.”

The PIAA Sports Medicine Committee will meet this weekend for further discussion.

Additional direction to competing schools will be provided over the coming days in consultation with school administrators, local, state health and governmental authorities.