Covid19 cases force Senegal to pull out of final Olympic basketball qualifier


Senegal has been forced to pull out of the International Basketball Federation Olympic Qualification Tournament due to a COVID-19 outbreak.

FIBA has confirmed that the Senegalese team withdrew due to “COVID-19 related disruptions” to their preparations.

It has been reported that three players and a member of staff had tested positive for COVID-19, meaning the team were unable to make the trip to the Serbian capital Belgrade for the final Olympic qualifier, which is set to start tomorrow.

“Despite continuous effort from FIBA and the German Basketball Federation to support the Senegalese delegation, the team will not be able to travel to Belgrade and take part in the Olympic qualification tournament,” FIBA said in a statement.

Senegal had been due to face Puerto Rico tomorrow and Italy on Wednesday but the matches have now been called off, resulting in their two Group B opponents booking their places in the semi-final without playing a game.

Italy and Puerto Rico are scheduled to meet each other on Thursday in the only Group B match.

Group A comprises Dominican Republic, Philippines and hosts Serbia, with the top two advancing to the semi-finals.

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