ABL ends 2019-20 season, citing virus concerns; 2021 campaign still in play

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 15 2020 08:14 PM | Updated as of Jul 15 2020 10:31 PM

The ASEAN Basketball League on Wednesday said it is calling it a season, four months after competition was halted because of the novel coronavirus 2019 pandemic.

In a Facebook post, the league's board deemed "there is no safe way to complete the remaining fixtures." 

 

The ABL, which was celebrating its 10th year, was one of many tournaments that were either suspended or scrapped entirely as COVID-19 fears swept across the world.

The league used a home-and-away format, showcasing squads from Southeast Asia, Taiwan and Macau. 

San Miguel Alab Pilipinas, coached by Jimmy Alapag, was the lone Philippine club.

The ABL, broadcast locally exclusively via ABS-CBN's S+A channel, acknowledged that "the nature of the league’s operation and fixtures have been severely impacted by the closure of borders and activities in order to contain the virus."

Action was stopped in the middle of the regular season, thus the league categorized the 2019-20 season as incomplete.

The league said it was planning to return to action for an 11th season, it is done consulting teams.

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