Chinese Basketball Association Faces Another Setback

Ross Houston
April 1, 2020

The league, which had to deal with a coronavirus shutdown well before the National Basketball Association did, is viewed as a "test case" for American sports leagues, as Windhorst explains, so the fact that its resumption keeps getting delayed isn't a positive sign. "They don't know how long this virus is going to be with us, how long we will be doing social distancing and what the players (union) are going to be OK with doing to get the season done with".

However, in an announcement made Tuesday, the Chinese government restricted all sports in the country from competing.

The Chinese Basketball Association had hoped to resume play in mid-April but was denied government approval to do so. They then changed that date to May before today's decision.

Basketball in China was suspended on January 24 due to the spread of covid-19 in the country, and the league was refused permission by the government.

Concerns in the country remain as Chinese officials do not want to recharge the now somewhat dormant virus. Then, having those 10 teams housed in two separate cities. After speaking with multiple league executives, there was some agreement that if the league does return to squeeze in the season, games will be played at a neutral site without fans.

This is not great news for sports leagues around North America. They are now in self-quarantine for 14 days and are unsure whether their season will go deep into the summer or even start back up at all.

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