THE Cork Ladies County Basketball Board recently made the difficult decision to cancel all 2020-'21 basketball competitions.
This decision is across all levels of the sport and was made at a recent meeting because of the current Covid 19 pandemic.
With all sports at a halt at the moment, the Cork County Board felt they needed to made a definite decision because they didn’t want to give clubs, and players false hope of a return to the sport this season.
John Ferris, secretary of the Ladies County Board explains their decision and how it was so difficult to make, but one they feel is the correct one at this time.
“We as a board had to make the really difficult decision at a recent meeting to cancel the full basketball program for the 20/21 season, as the virus is still as dangerous as ever,” John said.
"This will also give everyone in our sport some clarity going forward, and not to be consistently moving dates for a restart to the season, and giving false hope.
"We also know with no basketball this season, it will be a huge loss loss to all the kids and adults, both physically and mentally, as basketball is a big part of their lives, however, I think this virus has touched everyone in some way, and we had to put the health and safety first unfortunately.
"I also think even though we are in lockdown players, and coaches can still try improve their game with players doing individual workouts at home, and coaches catching up on some very good webinars on the Basketball Ireland website.
"In these difficult times we hope we can be ready to resume playing all our 21/22 competitions at the start next season, which hopefully will be later this year, around September or October," John added.
I don’t think this decision will come as a huge surprise to basketball players and coaches as all other indoor sports are suspended indefinitely, and as the virus has caused a lot of suffering and anxiety to a lot of people.
It could be until the government have the majority vaccinated that indoor sports can start to make some concrete plans for a return in a safe environment.