Alab Pilipinas team owner Charlie Dy is asking the ASEAN Basketball League to suspend its 10th season after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) a pandemic.
And it’s not just the Philippine-based club team speaking up.
Hong Kong Eastern, the Macau Black Bears, and the Formosa Dreamers also want the league to take drastic action in this crisis.
“Since the ABL is a regional league and travel will be difficult and risky, we deem it appropriate to request the ABL to follow the NBA and other sporting leagues in suspending our season.”
Alab, who is currently second in the standings with a 10-6 slate, last played a game back in February 23.
Macau, currently sixth with a 7-7 record, last played back in January 29. Meanwhile, Formosa, fourth with an 8-6 record, last took to the floor back in February 2. On the other hand, Hong Kong, ninth in the league with a 3-7 ledger, last wore their game uniforms back in February 2.
All of their games have been postponed due to the pandemic.
Recently, Singapore import Jameel McKay has been quarantined after riding a plane with a passenger that tested positive for the virus.
Dy hopes that the league executes their recommendation for the fans.
“Alab Pilipinas believes that our fans and supporters will understand this move as it is for the best interest of everyone to take precaution,” Dy shared.
“Many experts have shared that social distancing is the best way to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and we wish to take part of this solution.”