The 2020 FUBA National Basketball League season was indefinitely suspended on 18th, March 2020 following a Presidential directive to halt all sporting activities in the country due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
The National League was expected to start by June but this can no longer be achieved given the fact that sport is yet to given green light to restart despite some of the lockdown measures being relaxed.
But, FUBA Vice President who also doubles as the General Secretary, Hudson Ssegamwenge says the federation has been involved in talks with the National Council of Sports on how to foresee the start of the 2020 season.
“We have been, and are still in talks with the NCS so as to find means of opening up. We are in the process of coming up with SOPS that will guide us when we open and all these have to be verified first by the government,” he said.
Basketball is known as a game that revolves around fans and it’s more likely that if the government allows the sport to continue, games will be played behind closed doors. Hudson acknowledges the need for fans but gives more priority to their safety due to the circumstances.
“Of course no game is fun without fans but with this condition, it would be very hard to control the fans and their safety so we would have no choice other than playing behind closed doors,” he added.
When asked about when and how FUBA intends to complete the season, that’s if the government gives them a go-ahead, Hudson projects December as the latest for a season to finish
“Our projection is to have a short league running latest to December because we have an international event which we are still optimistic will happen,” he said.
Furthermore, Hudson revealed that Some FUBA activities won’t happen this year because of timing for those events. The events include; U18 Zone V African qualifiers, Club Championship, Zone V women qualifiers, National School league, FIBA 3X3 activities, and the Junior NBA League.