The governing body of basketball in Rwanda has set October 18 as the new date for the resumption of the new BK Basketball National League season.
The initial date of resumption was Friday, September 4, but the recent rise of Coronavirus cases in the country led to a delay.
At a meeting between the federation and representatives of the clubs on Saturday, September 12, a new date was set.
Ferwaba President Desire Mugwiza however said that the new date set for the resumption of the basketball league is not cast in stone as yet, and will be implemented only if it is approved by the Ministry of Sports and the Ministry of Health.
The Ministry of Sports will also need to approve the date for the resumption of group training which is proposed to be on September 25.
Mugwiza also revealed that the league will return with a new short tournament format which will feature the top 8 teams in the men’s and women’s championship only.
“The ranking of the best 8 teams for men and 4 for women will be established per average points gained per game played. The 8 male teams will be split into two groups of 4 teams, and the best 2 of each group will qualify for the semi-finals.”
“In the women category, the 4 teams will play against each other in the first round for ranking purposes. The ranking will determine the fixtures of the semi-finals.”
With the current ranking, the eight teams set to feature in the short format for the men include REG, Patriots, APR, IPRC Kigali, IPRC Huye, UGB, IPRC Musanze and Epoir.
For the women, the four teams to feature in the championship will be IPRC Huye, The Hoops, Ubumwe and APR.
The teams participating in the short format will enter camp on October 16 and will not be allowed to leave camp until the tournament is over on October 24.
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