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Rose Bowl Aquatics Center Cancels Weekend Junior Olympics Event

Decision made “with tremendous disappointment”

Published on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 | 11:14 am

The Rose Bowl Aquatics Center has canceled a Junior Olympics event over concerns regarding the Coronavirus.

The cancellation was announced in a letter on Monday addressed to all Southern California Swimming Junior Olympic participants, coaches, parents and officials.

“It is with tremendous disappointment and out of concern for everyone involved in this weekend’s upcoming meet, that the decision has been made to indefinitely postpone the short course JO’s scheduled for March 12-15 at the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center,” wrote Rose Bowl Aquatics President and Executive Director Kurt Knop. “While there isn’t evidence that swimmers, coaches, officials, spectators or Center staff are at increased risk of contracting COVID-19 by attending this event, the overwhelming concern of public safety and well-being, along with a perceived increase of risk of transmission and public perception have led us to this conclusion.”

City officials declared a state of public health emergency on March 4th.

Southern California Swimming has also canceled their Board of Directors meeting scheduled for March 18th.

The event is not affiliated with the Olympic Games, but has been allowed the right to continue using the name because it was first used prior to 1950, under a grandfather clause.

As of Tuesday morning, there were 15,977 cases of Coronavirus and more than 3,600 fatalities worldwide

There are no known cases of the virus in Pasadena.

“Thank you for your patience and understanding. Collectively, we have been working to determine the most safe, wise and fair way forward,” Knopp wrote. “Unfortunately, the ever-changing nature of this virus, and our collective reaction to it, are making it extraordinarily difficult, if not impossible to determine, beyond any doubt, that we can deliver a safe event for all concerned without risking transmission.”

Gov. Andrew Cuomo called out the National Guard to help contain New Rochelle, and overseas Italy remains under complete lockdown.

Around the country, some schools, including Harvard University, have shut down.

Sports teams will no longer allow the media in locker rooms.

Locally, more than 50 people have been asked to self-quarantine since Feb. 3, the city’s Public Health Department has not released exact numbers of how many people were contacted and how many people they could not contact.

Pasadena is one of four California cities with its own public health department. Long Beach, Vernon and Berkeley also have their own departments.

Three people have been diagnosed with the virus in Long Beach.

One graduate student at Caltech was tested yesterday. The results of the test are unknown at this time, according to that’s school website.

“Caltech’s first priority is the health and safety of its students, faculty, staff, and community,” the school said on its website.





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