The Board of FIBA Europe has confirmed that the Youth Championships for 2020 have been cancelled, while the senior men’s and women’s FIBA European Championship for Small Countries have been provisionally postponed until 2021.
Ireland, alongside Cyprus, was one of the hosts for the 2020 Small Countries championships that were due to take place in the University of Limerick in June. Both countries will retain hosting rights for the 2021 Championships, should they wish to do so.
Ireland was set to compete in FIBA European Championships at Under 16, Under 18, Under 20 and Small Countries level this summer, with the FIBA Men's European Championship for Small Countries due to be hosted at the University of Limerick this June.
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 the 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.”