The Basketball Association eyes the start of the national season in October

Association Premier League could draw in October

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By Neto Baptiste

The national basketball league could kick off later this year with the second division scheduled for October and the marquee first division a few weeks later.

This is according to the President of the Antigua and Barbuda Basketball Association (ABBA), Michael Freelandwho said the action could start sometime before with another popular tournament.

“We are going to start the commercial league on September 4, then we hope to start the regular season the second week of October with the second division, then we will move to the first division, so hopefully both divisions will start before the end of the We are going to have a meeting with the various general bodies, obviously to share the plans and get their feedback, and that is because of the national programme,” he said.

Freeland also hinted that an International Basketball Federation (FIBA) coaching course which had been postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic could also take place later this year.

“Because of the whole situation with Covid, they [FIBA] have had a few setbacks so they have indicated that July or August might be the best time for them to come to Antigua for this level one training course; we told them that in August we will have this course. We are just looking at the schedule in terms of two full days when we can accommodate them,” he said.

The basketball association in March 2020 canceled its national leagues following a directive from the Ministry of Sports that all competitions must be halted as part of efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

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