BOARD OF DIRECTORS CANCEL 2021 STATE GAMES DUE TO COVID-19 HEALTH & SAFETY CONCERNS

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS CANCEL 2021 STATE GAMES DUE TO COVID-19 HEALTH & SAFETY CONCERNS

(Roswell) The New Mexico Senior Olympics, Inc. (NMSO) board of directors met in February to determine whether to hold or cancel the 2021 State Games – Summer Games and Team Tournaments, due to the pandemic. The board carefully considered survey responses from over 500 participants, as well as other factors related to the health and safety of those involved in the games. Major concerns of the board, included the event being a super spreader, lack of training opportunities for senior athletes, lack of senior vaccinations statewide and the safety of our most vulnerable senior participants and volunteers.

Cecilia Acosta, Executive Director for NMSO stated that National Senior Games Association (NSGA) has announced when states will not be conducting games in 2021, senior athletes who qualified for the 2017 and 2019 National Games will be eligible to register for the 2022 National Senior Games scheduled for May 2022 in Fort Lauderdale, FL. For any questions, on qualifying for ’22 Nationals, please contact NMSO office at 1-888-623-6676 or nmso@nmseniorolympics.org

P.O. Box 2690 Roswell, NM 88202-2690

1-888-623-NMSO (6676) (575) 623-5777 Fax: (575) 622-9244

E-mail: nmso@nmseniorolympics.org www.nmseniorolympics.org

Immediate Press Release

From: Cecilia Acosta, Executive Director cacosta@nmseniorolympics.org 575.642.6048

New Mexico Senior Olympics, Inc.

Date: March 24, 2021

Subject: 2021 State Games Canceled

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