LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - On Thursday, KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett announced the indefinite suspension of both the Boys’ and Girls’ Sweet 16 basketball tournaments.
"As of now we are suspended. We are calling it an indefinite suspension. We are not calling it a cancellation. There may we a way we can finish. We don't know," said Tackett.
OFFICIAL WORD: The Girls and Boys Sweet 16 has been suspended indefinitely. pic.twitter.com/pVcTXr5wGR— Alex Walker (@AlexWalkerTV) March 12, 2020
The decision was made during the first quarter of the noon game between South Laurel and Sacred Heart.
The suspension of the games is an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19 in Kentucky.
"I hate it for these young ladies that didn't get to finish their tournament and I hate it for the guys next week. Sometimes life gets in the way of your plans," said Tackett.
Commissioner of Education, Kevin Brown, says the KHSAA is discussing a make-up tournament at a later date.
As for the rest of the spring sports for high school in Kentucky, Tackett says playing those games is up to the individual schools not the KHSAA.
Earlier in the day, schools were told to suspend ticket sales for the first round of the Boys’ Sweet 16. Tackett also announced that attendance at the Girls’ Sweet 16 would be extremely limited.
WKYT is following this story and will update it with additional information as it becomes available.
KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett has announced that starting Friday, there will be an “extreme limit placed” on people that can attend the Girl’s Sweet 16 basketball tournament.
JUST IN: Julian Tackett says starting tomorrow (Friday), there will be an “extreme limit placed” on the people that can be at the Girls’ Sweet 16. pic.twitter.com/3QNxbMQ1Ie— WKYT Sports (@wkytsports) March 12, 2020
This, after Kentucky schools reported they have been asked to suspend the sale of tickets to the KHSAA Boys' Sweet 16 Tournament.
Per KHSAA, we have been instructed to suspend tickets sales for the first round of the State Boys Basketball Tournament. More details and information will be released soon.— Scott Co. Basketball �� (@SCHShighlights) March 12, 2020
"We have to recognize that there is lots of recommendations from the CDC about people of a particular age. Sixty years old, and having an underlying condition. That's a lot of our audience at the Boys Sweet 16. And those are just facts, folks. We can't run from that," says KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett.
This is a developing story.