Officials of the Basketball Africa League (BAL) have introduced that the historic inaugural season will tip-off on Sunday, May 16 on the Kigali Arena in Kigali, Rwanda, with 12 groups from throughout Africa competing within the new skilled league.
The BAL, a partnership between the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the National Basketball Association (NBA), builds on the muse of membership competitions FIBA Regional Office Africa has organized on the continent and marks the NBA’s first collaboration to function a league exterior of North America.
The first BAL Finals might be performed on Sunday, May 30.
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The BAL will implement sturdy well being and security protocols for the 12 groups and personnel touring to Rwanda, based mostly on steerage from the World Health Organization and the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, with recommendation from public well being officers and medical consultants.
“We are thrilled that the inaugural Basketball Africa League season will take place at the world-class Kigali Arena,” mentioned BAL President Amadou Gallo Fall. “Through the BAL, we will provide a platform for elite players from across the continent to showcase their talent and inspire fans of all ages, use basketball as an economic growth engine across Africa, and shine a light on Africa’s vibrant sporting culture.”
“We are extremely happy to finally launch the highly anticipated first season of the BAL,” mentioned FIBA Africa and BAL Board President Anibal Manave. “FIBA and the NBA have been working closely together to develop protocols to address the health and safety of all players, coaches, and officials. The experience of hosting the FIBA AfroBasket 2021 Qualifiers in Rwanda late last year will contribute to a safe and successful inaugural BAL season.”
The league at the moment additionally introduced an adjusted competitors format for the inaugural season, which can function a complete of 26 video games on the Kigali Arena. The competitors will tip off with an 18-game group part with the 12 groups divided into three teams of 4. During the group part, every staff will face the three different groups in its group as soon as.
12 membership groups from 12 African international locations that can compete within the inaugural BAL season. The prime eight groups from the group part will qualify for the playoffs, which might be single elimination in all three rounds.
*Champion from nationwide league that earned illustration within the inaugural BAL season
**Secured participation within the inaugural BAL season by a BAL qualifying match
Champions from the nationwide leagues in Angola, Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal and Tunisia earned their participation within the inaugural season. The remaining six groups, which come from Algeria, Cameroon, Madagascar, Mali, Mozambique and Rwanda, secured their participation by BAL qualifying tournaments carried out by FIBA Regional Office Africa throughout the continent in late 2019.