DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — The Alabama State Games for 2020 are officially canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This is a complete reversal to the decision five days ago to keep the games going. The State Games’s venues were to be in Dothan, Ozark, Enterprise, Daleville, and Fort Rucker.
The ASF Foundation made the decision upon advice from its Medical Director. According to a press release, it would be impossible to keep athletes, families, and officials safe from COVID-19.
This is partially because testing 4,500 over three counties at 30 different venues would not be possible.
The foundation did thank the cities of the Wiregrass for their cooperation trying to hold the games.
“The cooperation between the cities and counties in the Wiregrass has been outstanding,” said Ron Creel, CEO and president of the Alabama State Games.
“The Leisure Services and Parks and Recreation Departments of Dothan, Ozark, Enterprise, and Daleville have worked in close cooperation with the Games, as well as the visitor’s bureaus of Enterprise and Ozark,” said Dean Kelly, VP and Executive Director.
The Games will now give total refund for any entry fees that were paid before the cancellation. Checks will be sent out on July 20.
However, this is not the end, as the Games plan to return to the Wiregrass from June 11 to June 13, 2021, and June 10 to June 12, 2022.