Governor's Challenge cancels 2021 tournament for second year

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The 2021 Governor's Challenge has been canceled, the tournament and Wicomico County officials announced Friday afternoon.

"We have been preparing for the 40th anniversary of this tournament for months," said James Simmons, director of the Governor's Challenge. "Unfortunately, as COVID-19 cases began to increase last week, teams were forced to withdraw from the tournament. We pushed forward for as long as possible, but we are no longer able to provide participants with the experience they deserve."

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The cancelation of the tournament comes just two days before it was set to kick off on Dec. 26.

This is the second year in a row the Governor's Challenge has been canceled due to COVID-19, as the 2020 tournament was also canceled in early December. The Governor's Challenge was set to welcome 120 teams from 15 different states this year, as they competed on the Eastern Shore.

2021 was also set to be a milestone year for the Governor's Challenge, as the tournament was set to celebrate its 40th anniversary. Founded in 1981 by Wi-Hi boys basketball head coach Butch Waller, the Governor's Challenge has grown to become the largest holiday basketball tournament in the country.

This article originally appeared on Salisbury Daily Times: Governor's Challenge cancels 2021 tournament due to COVID-19

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