FIBA European Championship for Small Countries postponed

The senior men’s and women’s FIBA European Championship for Small Countries – due to be held in June 2020 – have been provisionally postponed until 2021.

The University of Limerick, which was set to host this summer’s event will hold the rights for the competition in 2021.

Ireland was due to compete in both the men’s and women’s FIBA European Championships at Under 16, Under 18, Under 20 and Small Countries levels this summer.

Speaking about the news, CEO of Basketball Ireland and FIBA Europe Board member, Bernard O’Byrne stated:

“While these decisions were predictable, it is still very disappointing that they had to be made. The health and well-being of players, parents and supporters was the priority at all times. 

“In relation to the youth teams that we had hoped to send to this year’s Championships, I would hope that we can do something later in the year to ease their disappointment. We will consult everybody on this in the coming weeks through consultation with the Elite Performance Committee (EPC) at Basketball Ireland.”

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Jack Neville