Another day, another canceled sporting event.
With the extended ban on USA Swimming events due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Alaska Junior Olympics has been canceled.
The meet was set to begin April 23 in Anchorage.
“For the time being, the meet has been canceled,” a statement on akswimming.org said. “The ASI Executive Board, along with the JO meet personnel, will meet again between now and the end of the month to discuss the possibility/feasibility of rescheduling JOs for a later date.”
Kodiak Kingfishers coach Maggie Rocheleau said 12 of her swimmers had met Junior Olympics qualifying times.
“As with other sports that have been canceled, it’s disappointing for our athletes who have spent months training,” Rocheleau wrote in a text message. “Many of them set their JO goals back in September.”
Kodiak Kingfishers is a year-round swim program. Rocheleau said when the Kodiak Community Swimming Pool reopens, the program will transition to summer training.
“Each year, we have swimmers who compete during the summer, and hopefully they’ll have those opportunities in a few months.”