|Dear USATF Members:
This is an unprecedented time for our country and our world.
USATF has established a Working Group of medical, scientific, and industry experts to advise us on matters related to the coronavirus (COVID-19). This Working Group receives regular updates from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC), and other U.S. professional sports leagues. Dr. Robert Chapman is our National Office lead.
Earlier this week the USATF Masters Indoor Championships at LSU were canceled because of the added risk with this virus to those of advanced age and out of an abundance of caution for our athletes, officials and volunteers. Yesterday, we announced the cancellation of the Hershey Youth National Indoor Championships. We understand these decisions disappointed some and we assure you that we take these matters very seriously.
We continue to evaluate our championships and events throughout the country with our Working Group and receive input from local health authorities. Our primary goal is to protect the welfare of our constituents, fans and stakeholders.
We also encourage everyone to follow the recommendations and updates from the CDC, including proper hygiene practices. Finally, we recommend membership and associations to seek the guidance of their local health authorities as this is a fluid issue being handled in different locations based on differing risk factors.
Thanks for your patience and understanding as we navigate through this uncertainty.