Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Tiebreaker Times


ABL suspends Season 10 indefinitely due to coronavirus pandemic

The ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) has announced that it is indefinitely suspending all its games due to the continuous spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

The league made the announcement on Friday afternoon.

“With the World Health Organization declaring COVID-19 as a global pandemic, the ABL, with the unanimous support of all its member teams, sees no other recourse but to halt competitions in its ongoing tenth season,” the statement of league CEO Jericho Ilagan read.

Since February 23, only a single game has been played in the regional league, a 99-79 win by Alab Pilipinas over the Saigon Heat in Laguna.

Wednesday evening, Alab, together with Hong Kong, Macau, and Formosa, asked the league to suspend its operations just like what other leagues have done.

“This unprecedented situation demanded due diligence from the ABL’s part to ensure that the voice of all stakeholders will be heard and their needs met,” Ilagan’s statement continued.

“All teams needed ample time to sort out their contracts as they also have commitments to advertisers, venues, and broadcast partners that had to be ironed out before we reached a unified decision.”

For their part, the league has exhausted all possible remedies to continue the season, including holding games on neutral grounds. However, the travel restrictions imposed by certain nations have made it infeasible.

“The ABL explored all options in an effort to continue to deliver top-quality basketball and entertainment to our loyal fans. The league looked at booking neutral venues where multiple teams could play some of their postponed games,” the statement explained.

“However, the travel restrictions in the region, the quarantine requirements upon the teams’ return to their respective countries, and heeding the advice of multiple government institutions have led to the decision to suspend our season.”

The league will look to continue its operations once the virus has been contained globally.

“We thank all the teams for their patience and their willingness to exhaust all means to push through. The ABL will be closely monitoring the situation in the region as it plots a path to move forward.”

#ReadMore  Columbian sees Isaac Go as future Dyip leader
Written By

Tiebreaker Times Logo

You May Also Like


When Alen Stajcic was first announced as the new coach for the Philippine Women’s National Football Team, there was a sense of excitement that...

Mixed Martial Arts

Jeremy “The Jaguar” Miado was hardly surprised with the performance Senzo Ikeda had at ONE: Heavy Hitters. With the Filipino forced to pull out...


Since January 1, transactions in the Premier Volleyball League have taken over local sporting headlines. It all started with Sta. Lucia and Perlas decided...

2021 SEA Games

The country’s top sports bodies agreed on a 584-athlete and 161-official delegation to the Hanoi 31st Southeast Asian Games with 80 athletes on the...


Terrafirma head coach Johnedel Cardel admits that it will be difficult for the team to cope with the departure of key players to free...


It was a day before Christmas when Sta. Lucia management called for a team meeting. Instead of receiving some good news, the Lady Realtors...


Matt Ganuelas-Rosser is set to test out the PBA free agent market. The versatile 6-foot-6 winger has now opened his doors for potential suitors...


Though the All-Star festivities remain far down the list of its priorities, the Philippine Basketball Association nonetheless hopes to stage such again soon. “Malaking...