2020/06/07

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Chinese Basketball Association to resume season on June 20


Following a few delays, the Chinese Basketball Association has announced that it will restart its season on June 20 following an extended coronavirus-caused hiatus.
The remaining games will all be staged in two cities: Qingdao in Shandong province and Dongguan in Guangdong province. Reportedly, they will be played in stadiums without an audience.
Both players and team staff will have to pass nucleic acid tests before the season resumes.
There will be another 16 rounds of regular season games before a shortened 12-team playoffs begins. The first two rounds of the playoffs will be single-elimination while the final two will be best-of-three series.

The CBA said that its plans to resume the season have received approval from Chinas health and sports authorities. Previously, the league had intended to restart its season in mid-April, however, fears of imported Covid-19 cases caused those plans to be scrapped.

Which came as inconvenient news for all the foreign players who had rushed back to China in March after being told that they would be banned from the CBA for three years if they did not come back to finish out the season.
Meanwhile, another basketball league, the NBA, has recently announced its plans to resume their season on July 31 with just 22 teams playing all their in quasi-isolation at Walt Disney World in Orlando.


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