Nearly all basketball games and events in London have been canceled following UK Prime Minister Johnson’s announcement of a new nationwide mandatory lockdown. PM Johnson’s announcement came after the majority of the Ministers in the British Parliament voted in favor of a 4-week lockdown last Nov. 04, in light of the second wave of COVID-19 outbreak taking place in England.
The Department of Media, Culture and Sport (DCMS) has given guidelines to Basketball England, Sport England and UK Sport on the restrictions to impose beginning November 05, 2020.
New Lockdown Guidelines for Basketball Games and Events
Leagues Affected by the Cancellation Orders
All training and competition for non-elite basketball are to stop starting Thursday for a tentative 4-week duration. Level 4 of Basketball England’s Return to Play guidance must be observed accordingly.
The cancellation pertains to all training and competition involving the National Basketball League (NBL) Two and Three, the Junior NBL and the NBL U18 Premier. As it is, the latter is no longer considered as an “Elite” club. The suspension also applies to al Senior and Junior local leagues.
Cancellations also apply to all competitions slated by the Academy of College Elite Academy Basketball League (EABL), Women’s Elite Academy Basketball League (WEABL) and Academy Basketball League (ABL) competitions until January 2021, at the least.
The related Level 4 Return to Play Guidance of Basketball England denotes that when returning to play, the leagues will be allowed to play up to 2 gatherings but without competition in outdoor courts in which basketball players will have to maintain safe-distancing by at least 2 meters or farther.
Basketball Leagues Allowed to Carry On During the New Lockdown Order
Qualified to continue with the training and competitions are leagues that fall under the UK Government’s “Elite: status, namely British Basketball League (BBL), Women’s British Basketball League (WBBL), National Basketball League 1 (NBL 1) and Women’s National Basketball League 1 (WNBL1). However, training and competition for the NBL1 and WNBL1 depends on the viability of the venue as well as the availability of financial support provided by the DCMS
Basketball activities as part of an educational course are allowed but subject to the provisions of the Level 2 of Return To Play Guidance
Reference to Level 2 Return To Play means that public gathering will be allowed in which drills, team-based training and competitions are to be held behind closed doors, with up to a maximum of 30 participants; whilst observing safe-distancing measure by at least 1 meter or more. Apart.while in an outdoor or indoor court.
How the Basketball England’s Cancellation Affect Basketball Sportsbetting in Indonesia
Although the cancellation of competitions in Basketball England denotes a reduced list of sports betting products for basketball, providers of Judi Online sportsbook still have a lengthy selection of basketball competitions up for sports betting. Some examples include the Euroleague Basketball, Philippine Cup, Korean Basketball League, Japan Basketball League and China Professional Basketball League, just to name a few. Betting offers include Handicap, Over/Under and Odd/Even for both full time and half time periods.