Basketball, wrestling still off the table as winter sports season approaches

TT Valosek celebrates a basket in the 2020 boys 2A state championship game against West Wendover
TT Valosek celebrates a basket in the 2020 boys 2A state championship game against West Wendover(KOLO)
Published: Dec. 31, 2020 at 5:04 PM PST
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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - The last nine months of 2020 have been brutal for high school sports programs across Nevada because of the Coronavirus pandemic.

The Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association and Governor Steve Sisolak’s office continue to go back and forth about a plan to get sports going as soon as possible.

Initially, January 2021 appeared to be the most promising time for a restart. But that is not the case for some of Nevada’s most popular sports.

The winter sports season is scheduled to start Saturday with tryouts and practices. Competitions would start less than two weeks later.

But basketball and wrestling still do not have the green light to begin - stemming from a directive the governor issued on October 2 prohibiting full contact sports from happening.

On December 22, the NIAA said in a release it filed a request with the governor’s office to revise the directive and allow basketball and wrestling to happen with safety protocols in place. As of December 30, the NIAA says the governor’s office has not made a decision to change that directive. When a revision could come is unknown.

The NIAA is preparing for basketball and wrestling seasons in case Governor Sisolak’s office does allow those sports to be played.

Earlier in December, Clark County opted to not participate in winter sports, even if allowed, because of safety concerns.

KOLO 8 News Now will continue to follow this story, and bring you any developments as they become available.

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