In a statement released late Friday by the ASEAN Basketball League, Chief Operating Officer Jericho Iiagan responded to the ongoing coronavirus, COVID-19 outbreak by essentially mothballing East Asia’s premier international basketball set-up..
The league first postponed games as early as February 8th, in areas directly affected by COVID-19, and in the three weeks since February 23rd, has allowed just one game to go ahead.
Somewhat vague in its wording, no estimated date on when the league would resume operations was provided, with fans having to make do with the phrase ” We were treated to amazing games and we met new heroes on the hardcourt. But now, we have to press pause”.
The ASEAN Basketball League is a 10 member league with teams from Hong Kong, Macau (2), Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore. Taiwan (2), Thailand. and Vietnam.
Both Taiwanese teams, the Fubon Braves, and the Formosa Dreamers were in the top five when games were suspended
Fans of the league are advised to keep an eye on the social media accounts of the ABL or individual teams regarding any resumption of play in the weeks and months ahead.