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Covid-19 prompts suspension of Special Olympics
Special Olympics
South Effingham High School’s Emma Whitaker pushes a smiling athlete on a scooter board during the 2019 Special Olympics at Josh Reddick Stadium. - photo by Mark Lastinger/staff

Special Olympics Georgia is taking steps to limit the spread of COVID-19.

It is requesting the suspension of all local and area competitions and practices through March 31. SOGA and other U.S. programs have been advised to suspend all sport training and competition activities through the end of this month.

The local Special Olympics was set for March 20 at Josh Reddick Stadium in Springfield.

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.