President of the Ghana Basketball Association (GBA), David Ashong has announced that the 2020 Ghana Basketball Awards is likely to be held on a virtual event.
He said the Association is collaborating with Rite Multimedia to make that possible.
The announcement comes at the back of the coronavirus pandemic which has befallen the country, in addition to the ban on all public gatherings in the country.
The awards night, which is set to celebrate all the stakeholders who excelled during the year under review, was scheduled to take place somewhere June this year.
“We had a discussion recently and we are looking at options available. The awards will probably come out and we are up to speak to Rite Multimedia about that. They are in touch with me and we are talking about how to do the awards. Obviously It will not be in the usual fashion, most likely virtual unless something drastically happens,” he said.
Like all sporting disciplines, basketball in Ghana has not been spared COVID-19’s obstruction. The novel coronavirus has unfocused the flow of basketball events in Ghana. The expected visit of BIG NBA Star in Ghana, 3X3 Basketball Games and the UPAC Basketball Championship have all been affected.
Speaking exclusively to #UniverSports, David Ashong revealed that basketball leagues were forced to suspend due to the high risk of contracting the virus considering the nature of the game.
“We have suspended all basketball leagues. Nobody is going to play competitively with audience and in our case this is a hand game, we are all touching the same ball and I think it is even more dangerous than other games, especially football because we are supposed to keep our hands clean but here we are ten people on court struggling with the same ball, high risk, very high risk.”
”The leagues took those decisions unilaterally. They weren’t forced by us; they didn’t need to be forced by us. They took the common sense approach and did what they needed to do to keep people safe,” he explained.
He also said his outfit will try and gain more sponsorship after the coronavirus pandemic to build back the strength and visibility of basketball in Ghana.
“We will do the usual thing, we are trying to build this sport, we are trying to get sponsorship, we are trying to give it more visibility and try to organise a national league. So we’re going to build from where we are and get it bigger and better,” David Ashong hinted.
Story by: Princeton Kwabena Wiredu | universnewsroom.com