The Africa Basketball league which was meant to be hosted in Senegal has been postponed after Senegal confirmed its second case of Coronavirus.
The basketball league which brings teams from different parts of Africa after the recent qualifiers was meant to start next week but because of the spread of the coronavirus, the tournament has been halted as a means to ensure the safety of both players and fans.
The cancellation was done after advice from the Senegalese government, which on Monday confirmed that a second person had tested positive for the Coronavirus.
“Following the recommendation of the Senegalese government regarding the escalating health concerns related to the coronavirus, the BAL’s inaugural season will be postponed,” said BAL president Amadou Gallo Fall.
“I am disappointed we are not able to tip-off this historic league as scheduled but look forward to the highly anticipated launch of the BAL at a later date.” Read a letter from Africa Basketball League
Africa Basketball League and Senegal agree to postpone the tournament
Organizers say the safety of fans, players, teams, and employees is their priority and that the situation will be monitored prior to announcing another start date in the future.
12 teams including Algeria, Angola, Cameroon, Egypt, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, and Tunisia were scheduled to compete. The league is being organized in partnership with America’s National Basketball Association (NBA) and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA).
Some of the countries that were meant to participate in the league have also reported cases of the Coronavirus and the Africa Basketball league after seeking advice from the Senegalese government agreed to postpone the games until such a time when it was safe for the games to go on.
This has, of course, affected some teams that were already prepared for the games but the beauty about all this is that all activities of the League were to be sponsored by the National Basketball League (NBA)
The NBA together with the International Basketball Federation will be paying player salaries, accommodation, gym work, jerseys to be used during the league and all travel expenses in a bid to help the clubs to have better performances and grow the game in the African continent.
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