ABL Plans To Begin In 2021

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The ABL was abruptly suspended in March 2020 midway through the 2019/20 season due to the Covid-19 pandemic forcing border closures and a halt to sporting activities in member ABL countries. Since the season suspension, the ABL continued to evaluate options to continue and finish the season but ultimately made a decision in July that the league would not finish the 2019/20 season.

The ABL has decided to restructure the operations and management of the league. Connor Nguyen, the Chairman of XLE Group in Vietnam and Team President of the  Saigon Heat, has been designated  as the interim CEO of the ABL and will lead the management of the league in navigating through the 2021 ABL season.

Even as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to persist, Connor Nguyen remains optimistic that the ABL would find a way to resume competition in 2021. “Our management has been in constant communication with the ABL teams to explore the possibilities of restarting the games in 2021. At present, our most difficult challenge to date would be travel  restrictions and quarantine requirements by each individual country. It is still too early to firm our plans with the uncertainty still going around, however, I hope to find a viable solution so that we can continue to operate and provide a competitive platform for our athletes while maintaining the entertainment quality for our fans.”

The ABL is currently looking to change its format in 2021 to a circuit format, with teams competing in several week long tournaments organized in various countries. Teams will be awarded ranking points from their final position in each circuit and these points will be accumulated from all the Circuits a team participates. The top teams would qualify for the Finals Tournament that ultimately would determine the ABL season champion.

ABL will continue to provide updates in due time. In the meantime, the league urges all our fans to stay safe, stay healthy and stay ballin!

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