The Cook Inlet Tribal Council has canceled the 2020 Native Youth Olympics due to the continued concern regarding the potential threat of coronavirus.

“The NYO Games exemplify health, wellness, and sportsmanship,” said CITC President and CEO Gloria O’Neill. “CITC has a responsibility to look out for our community, and our youth and Elders alike, as the entire state works together to prepare for an expected public health emergency.”

The 2020 senior games, originally scheduled for April 23-25 at the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage, would have been the 50th anniversary of NYO. The games typically attract as many as 500 athletes from 100 communities across the state, according to the CITC.

“I recognize that all our young athletes, especially the high-school seniors, have worked incredibly hard to prepare for the Games, and this decision weighs heavy on my heart,” O’Neill said.

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