Basketball league suspended due to coronavirus

Basketball and volleyball league permanently suspended in Turkey

Turkey’s basketball and volleyball federations have announced that all pending matches are permanently canceled. This year there will be no league champion, no promotions or declines.

The Turkish basketball and volleyball federations have decided that the leagues of both sports should be permanently suspended and not resume this year due to the halt that both competitions have suffered as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

We are putting an end to all our leagues,” the president of the Turkish Basketball Federation (TBF), former Turkish NBA player Hidayet Türkoğlu, announced on Monday after attending an hour and a half meeting of the Federation’s board.

A champion will not be declared in any of our leagues. The remaining matches in the men’s and women’s leagues will not be played,” said Türkoğlu, who also added that this year there will be also no promotions or declines of teams in basketball leagues. In a later announcement the decision on the final positions of the teams and which will qualify for the European competitions will be explained.

For his part, the president of the Turkish Volleyball Federation (TVB), Mehmet Akif Üstündağ, also announced the Federation’s decision not to resume volleyball competitions in the country and to end the season, without declaring a champion of league neither there are relegation or promotion. “The men’s and women’s leagues have been classified (definitely) as they are now,” said Üstündağ.

Turkey announced on March 20 the suspension of all sports competitions due to the pandemic, including soccer, basketball and volleyball leagues; however, last week the Turkish Football Federation (TFF) announced its decision to resume football leagues on June 12 and play the remaining 8 games of the first division, as well as maintaining plans for Istanbul to host the final of the Champions League next August.