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Governor Andy Beshear: “We’re not going to overturn (KHSAA’s) decision.”

Published: Aug. 24, 2020 at 4:38 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 25, 2020 at 10:16 AM EDT
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WYMT) - The decision that everyone was waiting for was one in favor of the #LetThemPlay movement. Governor Andy Beshear said, “We’re not going to overturn that decision, and not because I think it’s a good decision or a wise decision.” The quote

Beshear will let fall sports, including football, move forward with playing sports in 2020. He added that he believes someone other than the governor’s office has to make these decisions.

“We can’t be making every decision for what’s best for folks out of the governor’s office, and it’s gonna be incumbent on our superintendents, on coaches, on the different groups to make the wisest decisions that they can,” Beshear said. “This is one where the referees, the athletic directors, everybody else should be watching every single event. And the moment that something isn’t done right, shut it down.”

Dr. Steven Stack, the state’s public health commissioner, didn’t give a positive outlook on what could come if things go wrong for high school sports in Kentucky.

“I hope that in Kentucky we can be more successful than in other places,” Stack said, “but the outlook is not good.”

Teams started practice on Monday, August 24. Football will progress to full pads the week of the first game on September 11. All other fall sports, outside of golf which started on time, will start competition the week of September 7.

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