The Malta Independent 27 November 2021, Saturday

Basketball: Season 2019/2020 senior leagues cancelled, terminated due to Covid-19

Bernard Vassallo Tuesday, 21 April 2020, 10:37 Last update: about 3 years ago

Following a meeting of the Presidents' Council, held yesterday evening, between the MBA executive committee and the clubs' representatives and, the following was decided:

a) Senior Leagues (BOV Men / MAPFRE MSV Life Women / BOV Amateur League):

The respective leagues were cancelled and terminated.

b) Other senior category finals ((Seniors Men: BOV KO Final & L. Borg Cup Finals) (Seniors Women: MAPFRE MSV Life KO & L. Borg Cup Finals) (BOV Amateur: BOV KO Final) (Under 23 Men: Final))

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The above are presently postponed as the clubs agreed on a possibility, namely that should the Health Authorities give a clearance by the end of May and basketball training would be possible, the MBA may grant a three-week preparation phase and, following this, reschedule the above fixtures which would be played by the end of July.

c) Junior Leagues ((St James Hospital Under 19 Men & Women / St James Hospital Under 16 Men & Women / St James Hospital Under 14 Boys & Girls)

The above categories are also presently postponed.

Should the Health Authorities give a clearance by the end of May and basketball training would be possible, the MBA may grant a three-week preparation phase and, following this, schedule the following with all games to be played by the end of July,:

Under 19 Men & Women: Summer Tournament to complete the league

Under 16 Men & Women: Remaining fixtures (Final 4) to be rescheduled

Under 14 Boys & Girls: Summer Tournament to complete the league

It was also decided that another meeting will be held in mid-May as an update of the then current situation and a final decision, re b) and c), would have to be made by the end of May.

The MBA stands firm in that it is committed to abide with the instructions issued by the Health Authorities and will also try to ensure the safety of everyone concerned, namely players, coaches, officials and spectators, in whatever decision that is, and will be, taken.

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