The California Interscholastic Federation has canceled all remaining CIF State Basketball Championship games, the governing body of high school sports in the state announced Thursday.

The state championship games were scheduled for Friday and Saturday, March 13-14, at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento.

“This decision was made after careful deliberation and in the primary interest of protecting the health and safety of our member schools, fans, and most importantly, our student-athletes,” the CIF said in a statement. “While we understand this decision is disappointing, we strongly believe that the opportunity to compete in this event does not outweigh our obligation to place the health and safety of our member schools and school communities above all else.

“We want to recognize the hard work and commitment our student-athletes have made to reach the State Basketball Championships. The impact of COVID-19 created many unexpected challenges during this year’s tournament season, and we want to thank everyone involved for their flexibility, patience, and commitment in providing our student-athletes a great experience despite this unique situation.”

Tickets that were purchsed for the games at Golden 1 Center will be refundedB at the original point of purchase. If tickets were purchased online via, refunds will be processed automatically.

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