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The launch of the inaugural Basketball Africa League has been postponed as a result of fears over the new-coronavirus outbreak, the NBA mentioned in an announcement on Tuesday.
The NBA-backed 12-team league had been as a result of tip off on March 13 in Dakar, Senegal however has now been placed on maintain as a result of well being issues.
The announcement got here a day after Senegal confirmed its first case of COVID-19, solely the second an infection in sub-Saharan Africa.
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Basketball Africa League President Amadou Gallo Fall confirmed the postponement in an announcement launched by the NBA.
“Following the recommendation of the Senegalese government regarding the escalating health concerns related to the coronavirus, the BAL’s inaugural season will be postponed,” Fall mentioned.
“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.”
Twelve membership groups from throughout Africa had been as a result of take part within the league, which is backed by the Worldwide Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the NBA.
It’s the first time the NBA has helped manage a league exterior North America.