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Beshear Won't Overturn KHSAA's Fall Sports Decision

Beshear says he won't be overturning the Kentucky High School Athletic Association's decision to continue with fall sports as planned - but it's not because he thinks the association's decision is a good one.

Posted: Aug 24, 2020 5:03 PM
Updated: Aug 24, 2020 5:08 PM

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear says he won't be overturning the Kentucky High School Athletic Association's decision to continue with fall sports as planned.

Gov. Beshear said the decision to allow fall sports to resume in the commonwealth comes with a heavy burden of responsibility from school and athletic officials entrusted with keeping student-athletes and others safe.

Beshear made the statement on Monday during his COVID-19 update to the commonwealth - but said that wasn't because he supported KHSAA's vote to continue the sports as planned.

“Let me start by saying we’re not going to overturn that decision, and it’s not because I think it’s a good decision or a wise decision,” Gov. Beshear said. “But if we’re going to defeat this virus, we need people other than me all over Kentucky taking responsibility to make good and wise decisions.”

Kentucky Department for Public Health Commissioner Dr. Steven Stack spoke on the subject of fall sports too, saying, "We’ve hit a new plateau, but if we take off from this level, it gets out of control much more quickly,” said Dr. Stack. “I hope that in Kentucky we can be more successful with youth sports than other places, but the outlook is not good.

"There’s a lot we don’t know about this disease," Dr. Stack continued. "We don’t know some of the more silent but really serious harms that this disease causes.”

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