Pentagon Suspends Military Athletics Citing U.S. Shutdown

The Pentagon today suspended intercollegiate athletic competition at its service academies because of the federal government shutdown, leaving this weekend’s Navy-Air Force football game in doubt, according to the U.S. Naval Academy.

The Naval Academy’s soccer game against Howard University scheduled for tonight has been canceled, the Academy said in a statement. The Navy’s undergraduate college said it will announce a decision on the scheduled Oct. 5 football game against the Air Force Academy by noon on Oct. 3.

Asked how the shutdown is affecting civilian workers at the service academies, Frank DeMaro, a spokesman for the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, said the institution was waiting to hear from Army headquarters on how to proceed.

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