Hawaii High School Athletic Association Cancels Fall, Winter Sports, Including Swimming and Diving

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The high school swimming and diving season in Hawaii has been canceled.

This week, the Hawaii High School Athletic Association canceled state tournaments for the fall, then canceled its entire winter season sports calendar on Saturday, Jan. 2.

Fall sports that had been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic: swimming and diving as awell as air riflery, basketball, bowling, competitive cheer, cross country, paddling, soccer and wrestling. Winter is the busiest of the traditional three seasons in prep sports.

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On Monday, the private-school Interscholastic League of Honolulu announced the cancellation of five winter sports, but would also move forward with remaining sports with COVID-19 protocols, according to Hawaii Prep World.

“Our intent for cancelling the first set of state tournaments was to allow our member schools the opportunity to participate in a longer league season, rather than a truncated one with regional and state tournament play for only a limited number of schools,” HHSAA Executive Director Chris Chun told KITV4. “Although the state tournaments are cancelled, leagues are not restricted in conducting their seasons if it is deemed safe to do so. We will continue to work with the Department of Health and government officials for the possibility to hold state tournaments for the remaining sports in late May.”
The remaining sports scheduled March-May by the Hawaii High School Athletic Association include water polo as well as baseball, football, golf, judo, softball tennis, track and field and volleyball.

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