Statement from Special Olympics Georgia CEO, Georgia Milton-Sheats
Special Olympics Georgia is taking steps to limit the spread of COVID-19. We are requesting the suspension of all local and area competitions and practices through March 31, 2020. SOGA and other US programs have been advised to suspend all sports training and competition activities through the end of this month. SOGA will reevaluate the situation on March 31, 2020. We did not make this decision lightly and know that it will have an impact on Special Olympics Georgia athletes around the state.
Our first priority is the safety of the athletes, coaches, volunteers and everyone in the SO family in general. We are doing everything we can to be proactive in this situation and monitoring the situation very closely.
Special Olympics International, together with their regional offices worldwide, continue to monitor and will continue to advise Special Olympics Georgia on a routine basis. They have been in touch with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), and others regarding the situation and recommended guidance, in relation to the particular risks our athletes may face, due to increased risk of respiratory conditions, pneumonia and death from influenza.
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