Amadou Gallo Fall, President of  Basketball Africa League (BAL) speaks at a press conference in Kigali late last year. Photo: Photo: Xinhua/Cyril Ndegeya
Amadou Gallo Fall, President of Basketball Africa League (BAL) speaks at a press conference in Kigali late last year. Photo: Photo: Xinhua/Cyril Ndegeya

Launch of Basketball Africa league postponed due to coronavirus scare

By ANA reporter Time of article published Mar 4, 2020

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PRETORIA – The Basketball Africa League (BAL) has postponed the start of its season due to concerns surrounding COVID-19.

“Following the recommendation of the Senegalese government regarding the escalating health concerns related to the Coronavirus, the BAL’s inaugural season will be postponed. 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,” said BAL President Amadou Gallo Fall in a statement.

This announcement comes after the West Africa country reported its first case on Monday, the patient is a French national and a resident of Senegal who returned to Dakar on February 26.

The league, which announced its 12 teams during All-Star Weekend, was scheduled to begin March 13 in Dakar, Senegal.

Basketball Africa League has postponed the start of its season due to concerns surrounding coronavirus. Video: Zodidi Dano/ African News Agency.

Egypt, Senegal, Morocco and Nigeria all have confirmed cases of coronavirus, and all four countries have a team playing in the BAL this season. 

The Basketball Africa League will be played in seven cities namely: 

Cairo, Dakar, Lagos, Luanda, Monastir and Salé. The playoffs and title game will be played in Kigali, Rwanda. 

African News Agency (ANA)

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