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New Mexico governor asks Lobos, Aggies to suspend fall contact sports

Facing rising cases in New Mexico and "escalating danger," Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham has asked New Mexico and New Mexico State to suspend their fall seasons.

The request, according to the Albuquerque Journal, reads:

“I know what I am asking you to contemplate is difficult and unprecedented, but these are difficult and unprecedented times. Fighting COVID-19 is a team sport. I am asking each of you to join me and take it upon yourselves to do everything you can to fight COVID-19. Together we can protect all New Mexicans, and if we are successful, we can resume contact sports and re-engage in the camaraderie and joy they bring all of us in a safe manner as soon as we can.”

Earlier this month, Governor Grisham ordered the New Mexico Activities Association to postpone all fall contact sports until 2021, and they became the first state in the country to announce such a move.

The article also shares that COVID cases from 20-39 year olds are on the rise, and the concern is that we don't know enough about the virus yet to understand its possible long-term effects on the body.

New Mexico and New Mexico State administration are quoted in the article as having continued communications with the governor's office and have not yet made a final decision with their fall schedules.

Head here to read the full article, and see the full letters to Lobo and Aggie administration below.

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