By Ransford Maclean
The ongoing Western Area Basketball Association (WABA) 2020 league involving nine basketball clubs competing at the Siaka Steven Stadium basketball court has been suspended with immediate effect. This is according to a press release from the organizers (WABA) that due to the global COVID-19 pandemic and the ban imposed by the Ministry of Sports on all sporting activities in the country, WABA has no option than to comply and support the campaign by suspending its competitions until further notice. This year’s 2020 Western Area Basketball championship saw nine basketball clubs competing for the championship. In a recent press statement dated 19th March 2020 issued by the Western Area Basketball Association, the association stated that they are informing the general public that their 2020 Regional Basketball League has been put on hold with immediate effect. The release added that this is due to the current global Coronavirus pandemic in addition to the ban on sports activities and gatherings of no more than one hundred persons issued by the Ministry of Sports and State House respectively. The Western Area Basketball Association is urging all players, officials and fans of Basketball to adhere to the stipulated rules and try as best as possible to be safe and take all precautionary measures. Alex Kangaso the Public Relations Officer for the Western Area Basketball Association told AYV that they are sorry for the inconvenience this would cause taking into account the important role basketball plays in the lives of thousands of young people. He maintained however that no sooner the ban is lifted they will immediately recommence from where they left off.