New dates for the Men’s European Championship for Small Countries, due to be held in Limerick in July 2020 have been confirmed.
The 2020 tournament was postponed in April because of the Covid-19 pandemic, and will now take place from June 28th to July 3rd 2021 at the University of Limerick.
The board of FIBA Europe has also confirmed the dates for the rescheduled Women’s European Championship for Small Countries. It will be held in Cyprus from June 15th – 20th, 2021.
Ireland will compete in both the men’s and women’s FIBA European Championships at U16, U18, U20 and Small Countries levels in summer 2021.
“While it was very disappointing to postpone the European Championships this year due to Covid-19, the wait will make for bigger and better championships next year,” said Bernard O’Byrne, CEO of Basketball Ireland.
“Our men’s and women’s coaches can now prepare accordingly for summer 2021. This announcement follows the recent positive news of Basketball in Ireland returning to pre-season training on July 20th, subject to review and in accordance with government guidance.”
“We are excited to get back on the court and having that extra year to prepare for 2021 will hopefully give us a good platform,” said Senior Men’s Coach Mark Keenan.
“We are currently in contact with the squad and looking to get the players into a mini-camp at Christmas time, after that we will be narrowing down the squad in the lead-up to the June Championships,” added James Weldon, Coach of the Women’s team.
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