The first season of the NBA’s Basketball Africa League has been postponed due to concerns about the coronavirus.
The league which was due to take-off on Friday, March 13 in Dakar, Senegal has now been put on hold due to health concerns.
Basketball Africa League President Amadou Gallo Fall confirmed the postponement in a statement released by the NBA on Tuesday.
“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 said.
“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.”
The BAL, a partnership between the International Basketball Federation and the NBA, features 12 club teams from across Africa and is a key part of the NBA’s effort to expand the North American brand worldwide.
Nearly 91,000 cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed globally with China recording over 80,000 cases and over 2,900 deaths, with more than 160 fatalities elsewhere.