Federation of Uganda Basketball Association (FUBA) has on Friday canceled all the local basketball activities due to Covid19 pandemic.
Only Afrobasket Qualifiers remain standing on the 2020 calendar.
Uganda will take part in the 2021 Afrobasket Qualifiers scheduled November 27-29 in Alexandria, Egypt.
Uganda’s men team were pitted in group E alongside Morocco, Egypt and Zone 3 winner.
FUBA agreed on the decision to cancel the season after an Executive Committee held on the 23rd of July 2020.
FUBA has stated that the executive committee shall use this time to come up with a clear road map and plan for the 2021 basketball season which shall be communicated not later than 31st of August 2020.
The Decisions made:
- All 2020 basketball competitions as per the FUBA calendar with the exception of the Afrobasket qualifiers, are hereby cancelled.
- All contractual issues between players and their clubs will be handled in
accordance with the contract laws of the country.
- Players, that had registered with their clubs for the 2020 basketball season,
without formal contracts will be handled as per the FUBA rules and regulations of 2020 which provide for a default contract of two years. The two years will therefore start from 2021 onwards.
What Has Been Affected?
The National Basketball League, notably, will not be played for the first time since inception in 1996. The same applies to the First and second divisions as well.
The inaugural FUBA 3X3 league will have to wait for another year to tip off.
The Friday Night Lights (promotional basketball) that was supposed to start in October will not be played as well.
The FIBA 3X3 Africa Cup which Uganda was set to host for the second time on November (19-22) will not be played.
Cancellation Was Inevitable
Cancelling the basketball season was inevitable after the extension of national lockdown by President Museveni.
The lockdown was first effected on March 18, almost in the same week the league was supposed to tip off.
Planning to start after the lockdown, FUBA had devised plans that included compressing the league to fit in the remaining period then.
National Council of Sports (NCS) later asked FUBA and other Federations to submit Standard Operation Procedures for the resumption of sports.
However, NCS went on to reveal that Sports will return in phases; with Basketball, which is one of the high risk sport, expected to come last.
With a recent Presidential address, it provided no hope of lifting the ban on public gatherings and further casted a dark cloud on reopening of schools (Universities) which also form a big part of the National Basketball League.
The Remaining Hope For Local Basketball
FUBA shall organise a non mandatory tournament which includes all teams from the different divisions, or short 3×3 tournaments to engage the players and fans with some basketball activity for the year 2020.
However, this will also depend on government directives on public gatherings.
The Friday Night Lights can as well be fixed at any time this year if the healthy conditions allow