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The Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference was among the first entity in the nation to suspend high school athletics on Tuesday when it announced an end to winter sports tournaments do to the coronavirus outbreak.
The competitions affected include the boys and girls basketball postseason, the swimming championships and boys hockey, MaxPreps reported on Tuesday
. The girls ice hockey tournament, which is not run by the CIAC, was also canceled.
Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference Executive Director Glenn Lingairini said in media reports "placing the interests of student-athletes first" was the goal of the organization.
"This has just begun here so we don't know how far this will spread," he told the Hartford Courant
, adding the organization is "not thinking of rescheduling winter tournaments at this point."
The move was among the first state high school association to cancel its sporting events in response to the global health crisis that's killed more than 3,800 worldwide.
The cancellation, however, was met with student protests over the decision to abruptly end the season.
A decision has not been made whether to hold spring sports, though the
CIAC has continued to have discussions about what guidance there might
be surrounding spring sports, the Courant reported.
Updates will be provided as news and information develops.