Thousands of athletes are waiting patiently to find out what their best options are for competing in winter sports.

According to the Lansing State Journal, no new information was provided by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human services as they discussed the state's efforts in the fight against COVID-19.

There is concern about the new COVID-19 variant which is now in Washtenaw County that has impacted University of Michigan athletics. Boys and girls basketball, hockey, wrestling and competitive cheer remain in a non-contact state through Feb. 21.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer said it's important that we keep watching the numbers. I understand the concerns that parents and athletes have, but I also point to some events that just happened in the last couple of days with seeing this variant growing. (LSJ)

MHSAA Executive Director Mark Uyl said we are unable to provide specific plans yet as we are still evaluating the best options for delivering a memorable experience for 60,000 athletes involved in winter contact sports.

Uyl also added, we have said from the start of the 2020-21 school year that we would do everything possible to have three seasons, and play all three to completion.

MHSAA will be ready with specific timelines as soon as they clear contact sports to begin full activity.

Some winter sports are currently in progress. Boys swimming started competition last Friday, and boys and girls bowling and gymnastic were able to have their first competitions Monday. Skiing has been in progress the entire winter. (LSJ)

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