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No handshakes, highfives in FIBA's guidelines for basketball restart

by Reynald Magallon, May 27, 2020 12:38pm

As most of the sports leagues around the world prepare for a possible resumption of their tournaments, FIBA likewise is looking at the possibility of having basketball leagues around the world slowly restart their respective games.

With that, the world governing body to the sport released restart guidelines for its member federations.

In the 13-page document, FIBA is asking the federations to form a restart oversight committee which will be composed of  CEO or delegate, head of competitions, infectious diseases physician, sports medicine physician and do a full risk and mitigation assessment. The team will then need to device a plan in consideration with the government set guidelines and protocols.

Under FIBA's guidelines, federations are also encouraged to allow teams to resume practices three to six weeks of training prior to the restart of the events. It is important to note however that training should be individually or in small groups to practice social distancing.

If possible, FIBA is encouraging the teams' training to adapt one player, one basketball, one coach set-up. There's should also be a constant health monitoring and, if possible, COVID-19 testing to the players and staff.

Spectators may be allowed in the venue if allowed by the authorities and still with strict measures on social distancing and sanitation.

Team staff and players are also encouraged to travel alone with their own vehicles. Autographs and selfies are prohibited while social distancing shall also be observed even on the teams' benches.

There should be no unnecessary physical contact such as hugs, handshakes, high fives or fan engagement and the opposing team, referees or match officials. 

Shower with soap and change immediately before and after training or play to reduce contact
risk and use of hand sanitizer regularly but particularly at substitutions and breaks are also encouraged.

In the country, team practices are only allowed to resume under areas under modified general community quarantine. Although the PBA is also starting to draft its own guidelines as they ponder on the possibility of allowing teams to return to practice in small groups.

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