In an email received this morning from Jack Kiley, president of the Washington State Senior Games board of directors, the organization will decide whether or not to cancel this year’s multisport competition for athletes ages 50 or better. The Games, currently scheduled for July 7 through August 3, is the state’s qualifying event for the 2021 National Senior Games, and is held in the Olympia-Tumwater area. Visit WashingtonStateSeniorGames.com for updates and event information.
Here is the email in its entirety:
|The Washington State Senior Games Board of Directors has decided to wait until May 15, 2020 before rendering a final decision on whether or not to cancel the 2020 Senior Games.|
There are two main reasons for postponing the decision. First, many sports venues and hotel rooms have already been reserved. Second, in some areas the coronavirus rate of infection has already slowed, and further instructions from the CDC, as well as local, state and federal authorities, will be forthcoming in early May.
That being said, our overriding concern remains the total safety and health of our athletes. We will under no circumstance risk the well being of participants in the Games, including athletes, volunteers, officials and spectators.
We know many of you train thoroughly and look forward to the Games every year. In that same spirit, we waiting and hope to hear that significant COVID-19 restrictions may be lifted.
To conclude, the WSSG Board of Directors feels that there is still time between now and May 15 to determine if the Games can go on.
Again, Thank you for your patience and continued trust during a very stressful and uncertain time in our nation’s history. All athletes aspire to rise above such challenges, and your Washington State Senior Games board, officials and volunteers will support you in your journey.
President, Washington State Senior Games