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The Maui Interscholastic League sent a press release to The Maui News on Friday announcing that fans would not be allowed at MIL events, “effective immediately,” due to concerns related to COVID-19.

The release continued, “All MIL events will be limited to essential attendees only. Depending on location, events have been and will continue to be broadcast on NFHS networks or other streaming services offered by schools.

“As the situation remains fluid, the MIL will meet weekly to assess, discuss any issues and / or concerns and determine any adjustments. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

League basketball coordinator Jon Conrad, athletic director of Lahainaluna High School, emailed The Maui News a list of 11 games that were postponed this weekend – the list includes both boys varsity contests and girls in divisions I and II, and a junior college competition for boys.

Conrad told The Maui News that attempts will be made to catch up with the games, but the logistics will be a big challenge. Obstacles include travel, the limited time remaining in the season, and the availability of venues, referees and support staff for new dates.

Conrad also said that with the strong possibility that some teams will play more championship games than others, the determination of MIL tournament rankings and state tournament places will be decided at a later date.

The state women’s basketball tournaments are slated for Oahu in mid-February. The boys’ basketball tournaments are held on February 28 and March 3-5 in Oahu.

Canoeing, soccer, wrestling, swimming and diving – for boys and girls – are all set to start competing in the MIL later this month.

MIL’s policy of banning fans from games follows similar protocols recently put in place by the Oahu Interschool Association and the Big Island Interschool Federation.

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