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COVID-19: African basketball fraternity urged to observe preventive measures

The President of Basketball Africa League (BAL), Amadou Gallo Fall has spoken about the postponed BAL tournament, calling upon the African basketball fraternity to observe the preventive measures put in place by authorities in order to fight the spread of COVID-19 pandemic. The BAL tournament, which is a continental competition for Africa’s best basketball clubs was scheduled to kick-off on March 13 in Dakar Senegal,  but was postponed to a yet to be established date as one of the preventive measures against the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. “Dear Africa League basketball family, while waiting for the launch of the first season of BAL, our priority remains the health and safety of all fans, players, coaches, employees and all those related to our Sport, “ Fall said in a video message. “It is important to continue to be vigilant. We must follow the recommendations of official health agencies and infectious disease specialists, in order to limit exposure to Coronavirus” he added The competition was meant to be comprised of 12 clubs across Africa divided into two conferences. Patriots who are Rwanda’s representatives in the competition are pooled into the Nile Conference, and were supposed to start the campaign against US Monastir from Tunisia on March 20 in Monastir. Gallo Fall also called upon the basketball fraternity to avoid being in groups, observe social distancing, washing hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, avoiding touching their faces in particular: nose, eyes and and avoiding contact with sick people. “I am disappointed not to have been able to launch the BAL as planned earlier this month,” he said. “We are monitoring the situation closely and will get back to you as soon as possible.”


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