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Fiba voids club competition seasons

Yvonne Anderson of Besiktas TRC Insaat in action against Bernadette Ngoyisa and Caroline Heriaud of Roche Vendee during the FIBA EuroCup Women League (Photo by Mehmet Eser/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

The board of the International Basketball Federation (Fiba) has voted to cancel the current season of its three European club competitions.

Fiba initially suspended its Europe Cup, EuroLeague Women and EuroCup Women seasons back in March. The federation has now confirmed that the seasons will not resume and there will be no champions.

Each club that was in the quarter-finals at the time of the suspension will receive ranking points for reaching that stage of the competition. Fiba will now begin preparations for the 2020-21 season, which it hopes to begin in September or October with or without spectators, depending on local legislations.

If the season cannot be started in September or October, it will be automatically postponed to January 2021, with a reduced competition system. Should the season begin before being interrupted due to a new Covid-19 outbreak, the already-played games will be respected and Fiba will proposed a new reduced, shorter competition system.

The dates for the draw for the 2020-21 season have been provisionally set for August 17-18.

Last month, Euroleague Basketball cancelled the 2019-20 seasons of its own club competitions, the EuroLeague and EuroCup. Euroleague Basketball had initially suspended games on March 12 due to Covid-19 and, like Fiba, opted not to award titles for the incomplete seasons.

Last week, Fiba launched a new esports competition for national teams, which will be streamed across Facebook, Twitch and YouTube. The tournament gets underway on Friday and will see games played remotely on the NBA 2K video game.