CPS high school basketball postponed indefinitely amid COVID-19 pandemic

Not only is high school basketball postponed, but also elementary school basketball and wrestling.
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The boys' and girls' basketball seasons have been postponed indefinitely for Chicago Public Schools.

Not only is high school basketball postponed, but also elementary school basketball and wrestling.

CPS officials said the “high-risk” winter sports will be postponed or moved to next spring or summer, with a tentative wrestling season set for April 19 to June 26.

The sports are "high-risk," because they provide any easy platform for the coronavirus to spread.

The CPS announcement came a day after the Illinois High School Association announced it plans to move forward with its winter basketball season next month despite Governor Pritzker said the season should be postponed until spring.

“Our district has a rich basketball tradition, and we know that this is not the outcome so many of our students, parents and coaches wanted to see,” CPS said in its Thursday announcement, “but Gov. Pritzker, (the Illinois Department of Public Health) and the Illinois State Board of Education have made it clear that basketball should not be played this winter as it presents a significant risk to participants and members of the school community. We are following their guidance and committed to supporting all sports that can proceed safely this winter.”

CPS said competitive cheerleading and dance, girls' and boys' bowling and boys' swimming and diving are “currently scheduled to move forward this winter" as they are deemed "low-risk."