FUBA Okays Resumption of National Basketball league

By URN

The Federation of Uganda Basketball Association– FUBA has confirmed the scheduled resumption of the National basketball league on October 2nd, 2021 to complete this year’s season.

The decision stems from a series of meetings between the local basketball governing body and other stakeholders to chat about ways of completing the league.  

It also comes after President Museveni Okayed the resumption of outdoor sporting activities. The league was suspended earlier in June following an upsurge in the numbers COVID-19 cases in the country resulting from the second wave of the pandemic. Consequently, the National Council of Sports directed FUBA to cancel all fixtures until further notice. 

The league was suspended with just two matches left to the end of the regular season. Hudson Ssegamwenge, the Vice President Administration in FUBA, said that the Federation has okayed the resumption of the league under restrictions to successfully accomplish the remaining games of the league. 

Among the procedures set, all National Basketball League teams will pay an additional UGX 600,000 by September 27th, 2021 to facilitate the rest of the remaining games. According to Ssegamwenge, all games will be played behind closed doors.

Ssegamwenge also revealed that the participating teams are expected to test and share their COVID-19 tests for all players and officials with the National Council of Sports within 48 hours before the game.

 
Before the suspension of the league, Betway Power had registered two COVID-19 positive cases. As a result, the Federation suspended their next game against Namuwongo Blazers that was supposed to be played on May 23. Bet power was tasked to re-test players and provide negative tests before returning to play.   

The National Basketball league had resumed in April after a year of inactivity. FUBA to use UCU and KIU courts in a bid to curb the spread of the Virus. The 2020 Basketball league season plan for both National Basketball League (NBL), Division one and Development league was also called off because of the first COVID-19 lockdown in the count.

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