FIBA telling basketball players to stay inside

Basketball’s governing body, FIBA, is telling players around the world to stay inside.

FIBA president Hamane Niang and secretary general Andreas Zagklis said that in “no circumstance should our passion to play basketball surpass the importance of following the instructions of the public authorities” when it comes to helping ensure public health.

FIBA said it plans to make decisions soon about the Basketball Champions League, the Basketball Champions League Americas and the Basketball Africa League — as well as all suspended international competitions.

FIBA also is monitoring the Olympic developments as the world begins bracing for — and in some cases, advocating for — a postponement of this year’s Tokyo Games. Since qualifying is not yet completed, FIBA said “there is a growing need for answers to be provided quickly.”

Niang and Zagklis added that “we will not ask our players to go somewhere, where we would not send our own children.”

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