2020 Jones Cup Cancelled due to Coronavirus
- July, 03, 2020 - 18:14
- Sports news
TEHRAN (Tasnim) - The Chinese Taipei Basketball Association (CTBA) announced the cancellation of this year's William Jones Cup international basketball tournament after previously postponing the games to August due to the coronavirus pandemic.
CTBA has said the decision was made after considering the inconvenience foreign players would face once they arrived in Taiwan. The basketball governing body said it had consulted the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) and both agreed that prioritizing health was most important.
Since the Jones Cup is considered an invitational competition, CTBA said it would have to pay all the extra expenses, which it could not afford.
This would mark the third cancellation of the invitational tournament since it was established 43 years ago, in 1977. The previous cancellations were due to a 1989 fire that destroyed the Chunghwa Sports Stadium and by the 2003 SARS outbreak.
The tournament was named after British basketball promoter Renato William Jones, who was one of the founders of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA).
Iran is one of the most decorated teams in the tournament after USA and the Philippines.