National Basketball Association has announced the postponement of the launch of the inaugural Basketball Africa League due to fears over the new coronavirus outbreak.
The league, which is supposed to hold on March 13 in Dakar, Senegal but has now been suspended due to health concerns of participants.
The suspension became necessary after the sub-Saharan Africa country confirmed its first case of coronavirus.
Confirming the postponement in a statement signed by the Basketball Africa League President, Amadou Fall, he said: “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.”
This league is the first the NBA has helped organise outside North America and twelve club teams from across Africa had been due to participate in the league.