Special Olympics Kansas cancels 2021 Summer Games

Organization cites COVID-19 for cancellation
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Posted at 2:35 PM, Feb 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-19 15:35:56-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Special Olympics Kansas on Friday canceled its 2021 Summer Games, citing the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The event was scheduled for June 4 -6 at Maize South High School in Wichita.

“Naturally, we’re disappointed that the lingering coronavirus outbreak has altered plans for the 2021 Summer Games,” John Lair, Special Olympics Kansas president, said. “The decision was made to ensure the safety and health of all attendees. Our athletes, volunteers and sponsors look forward to this annual event, and it was an incredibly tough decision.”

The nonprofit also made these announcements regarding competitions through the summer:

  • The powerlifting and soccer seasons are canceled;
  • Bocce and corn hole will be offered regionally in April and May;
  • Cycling and tennis will be offered regionally in May;
  • Smaller, modified track and field competitions will be offered at the regional level in late May or early June;
  • Bowling will be offered regionally only in late July or early August.

The Special Olympics Kansas Return to Play committee will be in charge of deciding how to safely put those events on.