The North Carolina High School Athletic Association has suspended all athletics events starting Friday night and running through April 6 amid concerns about the spread of the new coronavirus that has become a global pandemic.
The NCHSAA announced the decision Thursday. It included the indefinite postponement of the men's and women's prep basketball state championship games set for Saturday in Raleigh and Chapel Hill.
Earlier in the day, the NCHSAA had announced plans to go forward with the basketball title games, but with only essential staff and family members attending and no media beyond those needed to televise the games.
The suspension of athletics includes workouts, practices and games. The NCHSAA says its board of directors “will assess this situation regularly over the next few weeks.”
In a statement, NCHSAA commissioner Que Tucker says “any decision we make must err on the side of caution.”