Not one of the 4 of the Washington department of health people have responded. It would be nice if those in charge could at least take a moment to tell us to all piss off.
I am writing on behalf of the high school and middle school wrestlers throughout the state of Washington with concerns over the release of the new wrestling guidelines in our state and the scientific data behind the guidelines. As we all know wrestling a close contact sport but with proper guidelines in place can and is the safest sport in regard to injuries of all types, this can be the same in for Covid-19.
We in the state of Washington do not necessarily need to reinvent the wheel when it comes to protocol but to use protocol that has already been put in place and followed successfully throughout the nation by USA Wrestling our national governing body. At all the USA wrestling Sr level events (last chance qualifier, Olympic Trials, NAIA Women's Nationals) wrestlers were covid tested and allowed to compete without masks with 0 post event cases of Covid-19, this can and should be the same expectation for the state of Washington athletes as they are required to test on match day as well as one other time throughout the week, if it is not can one of you please explain why it is not and the data behind it?
The last guideline I would like to touch on is the one positive all positive (throwing out kids negative test results...are the test that unreliable?), no other area in the country or even our own state uses that. We have kids sitting in classrooms 3 feet from each other and they are not both positive. Kids outside of the 6-foot buffer zone are allowed to continue coming to school as if nothing happened yet on a wrestling team if the 106lb wrestler is positive and the 285lb wrestler is negative by our state guidelines both are positive, there is no scientific data to back this up. There is also no scientific data to back up one positive all positive.
Most wrestlers, coaches and parents are not necessarily opposed to being tested although unfairly we are being segregated out which is an unfair act in our state, but we are supposed to be a state that "follows the science" and uses "data" to make our decisions. We are just asking for the same thing in regard to wrestling, for you the ones making the guidelines the world's oldest and greatest sport to follow the science and use the data and not the optics, because wrestling can be done safely without mask in the state of Washington just like it has been in Utah, Texas, Idaho, and many others already since July of 2020.
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