The National Basketball League has been called off due to an upsurge in Covid19 cases in the country.
This has been confirmed by the letter from National Council of Sports to Federation of Uganda Basketball Association on June 3, 2021.
The letter from NCS reads in part:
“1) To inform you of this unfortunate development of the high rates of infection of the Covid19 pandemic, and the need for safety for all Ugandans.
“2) To direct you to suspend with imediate effect, all planned fixtures/games for the 2021 Basketball League currently on-going in the country, until further notice.”
The decision cuts across all FUBA divisions – NBL, Men’s first and second division and Women first division.
Last season was called off just days to tip off when Government suspended all public gatherings.
FUBA is yet to comment on the development but the decision is a huge blow after the Federation had tried to observe Standard Operating Procedures.
FUBA had communicated before league start that the league would be played behind closed doors.
As required by Government, games have been played outdoor – at UCU Mukono and KIU Kansaga.
Fans were to a large extent prohibited as well.
The players were tested regularly while some received their vaccination jabs last week.
FUBA had not reported any Covid19 case beside the two at Betway Power two weeks back that forced their league game with Nam Blazers to be called off.
The league comes to a standstill with about two matchdays away from end of the regular season.
In fact, the regular season was climaxing this Sunday with five games in Kansanga.
In Cricket, their association suspended all its activities including a trip to Rwanda for the Lady Cricket Cranes.
In related developments: Betway Power picked their first win of the season thanks to a 77-73 win over Falcons in overtime.
Amisi Saidi Dany scored 22 points, Stephen Wundi and Salim Kisilu added 16 and 10 each as Power improve to 1-6.
*UPDF Tomahawks 64-65 Ndejje Angels
*Falcons 73-77 Betway Power