Inaugural Basketball Africa League postponed over coronavirus


The Basketball Africa League (BAL) that is to take place on March 13th in Dakar at West Africa had suspended due to the Covid-19 spread in the region. A collaboration between the International Basketball Federation and the National Basketball Association had taken an initiative to begin the matches between 12 teams across the African continent. 7 African cities are hosting the basketball matches, Luanda, Lagos, Dakar, Monastir, Cairo, and Rabat, and the last few selected clubs will play in the Kigali, Rwanda.

As safety is the priority, the BAL president Amadou Gallo Fall announced that the governing bodies of Senegalese had asked the BAL season to schedule later in the months with regards to the coronavirus threat. Further, the president felt disappointed in not proceeding the game as scheduled were Gallo Fall’s words.

On Wednesday 4th March Senegal had confirmed two patients with Covid-19 at the FANN National University Hospital Centre, and as precautionary measure, the BAL has dropped the schedule which would have been the first major event in Africa apart from the debut season for the BAL players, also the future dates for the BAL season is not yet revealed. The NBA organizers, after the discussion with the disease control board, a memo saying that all the African basketball players, should avoid sharing pens from the fans and to use fist-bump instead of high-five while interacting.

More than 50,000 cases have recorded globally after the invincible virus increase from the Wuhan village in China, and irrecoverable death-rate accounting more than 2,000 has affected the population, around the world for various reasons.