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JBF makes ‘official request’ to resume activities

Ahmad Al-Dwairi makes an attempt to score in a match against the Dominican Republic during the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China. 
(Photo: FIBA)
Ahmad Al-Dwairi makes an attempt to score in a match against the Dominican Republic during the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China. (Photo: FIBA)
AMMAN — The Jordan Basketball Federation (JBF) has officially contacted National Center for Security and Crisis Management, and the Prime Minister with requests to resume local activity. اضافة اعلان

“We have sent official letters to the National Center for Security and Crisis Management, and the Prime Ministry to request the return of clubs to training ahead of resuming activities like the age-category championships and women’s league. We are looking forward to a favorable response at the middle of this week,” JBF President Mohamed Alayyan told Jordan News.

He added that the letter demanded that basketball receives equal treatment as football by allowing for sporting activities during curfew hours and ensuring that national team players receive the COVID-19 vaccine, noting: “We are approaching important events.”

The federation president added that the JBF has received the first installment of its broadcasting right dues from Jordan Television and that those have already gone towards paying the national team’s wages.

“We are now waiting for the second installment of dues from Jordan Television this week and those will (also) go directly to the clubs,” Alayyan said.

Alayyan also announced that national team center, Ahmad Al-Dwairi, will play with the Turkish (Fenerbahce) in the Asia qualifiers scheduled between June 12 and June 14.

“We have contacted Al-Dwairi and confirmed that he is ready to play with the national team in the next round during the qualifiers. He was enthusiastic and expressed his pride in donning his country’s colors,” the JBF president said.

The national team has yet to officially seal their spot in  the 2021 AFC Asia Cup finals, as they still have four more matches to play in the second and third windows of the Asia qualifiers; two against Palestine and two against Sri Lanka and Kazakhstan. The team will need at least two wins to qualify.

If the squad wins all four matches it will leap to the top of its group.

The Kazakh national team currently leads the Group F teams ranking with 9 points after four wins and one loss, followed by the Palestinian team with 6 points after two wins and two losses, then Sri Lanka comes in third place with 5 points from five losses, while the national team ranks last with 4 Points from two victories.

The qualification system will see the leader and runner up from each of the six groups qualify directly to the AFC Asia Cup, for a total of 12 qualifying teams.

Third-placed teams in the six groups will have a playoffs stage that will give four teams the chance to qualify for the Asia Cup.

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