The Board of FIBA Europe met yesterday to confirm that both the Men’s tournament in Limerick and the Women’s tournament in Cyprus will not go ahead as planned.
It also took the decision that all FIBA Youth Championships for 2020 have been cancelled.
Ireland was set to compete in FIBA European Championships at Under 16, Under 18, and Under 20 as well as at the Senior Small Countries levels this summer.
While the Senior loss is a blow but can be recovered the loss of the Under Age tournaments is something that cannot be rearranged as there will always be the next year of players coming through.
“While these decisions were predictable, it is still very disappointing that they had to be made,” said CEO of Basketball Ireland and FIBA Europe Board member, Bernard O’Byrne.
“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.”