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JBF working towards spectator return to stands

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An undated photo of the Jordanian national team. (Photo: Jordan Olympic Committee)
AMMAN — The Jordanian Basketball Federation is making “serious attempts” to bring audiences back to the stands for the FIBA Asia Cup finals in 2021, which have been scheduled between June 12 and June 14 at the Prince Hamzah Hall, revealed JBF Secretary General Nabeel Abu Ata.اضافة اعلان

“We will be contacting the National Center for Crisis and Security Management on May 15 to inquire about the prospect of allowing audiences to attend the national team’s matches while maintaining preventative measures and standard health protocol,” Abu Ata told Jordan News.

Since FIBA Asia officially announced Jordan as the host of Group E and F’s FIBA Asia cup finals qualifying matches, the JBF’s secretariat has been working on multiple fronts to eliminate potential setbacks that may face the national team with any COVID-19 cases.

“We have contacted the National Center for Crisis and Security Management on two separate occasions to give all national team players the vaccine,” Abu Ata said, adding that that the federation is optimistic about the center’s interest in aiding the team by getting them vaccinated.

Abu Ata explained that the JBF is looking to reschedule and revive remaining championships over the coming period.

“We want to revive sporting events by all means necessary by acquiring the approvals needed to restore clubs’ rights to train in their gyms and our right to hold matches in the official hall,” he said.

Abu Ata said the federations intends to reschedule activities and hold them in Ramadan, like most others, adding: “We will take into account official decisions when it comes to getting the approvals needed within specific hours because we are looking to resume the remaining playoffs from 2020, not cancel them.”

In the FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers, Kazakhstan currently has the lead in Group F with 9 points that were the byproduct of four wins and one loss, followed by Palestine in second place with 6 points after two wins and two losses. Sri Lanka is in third places with 5 points after it lost five games, while the Kingdom’s team is in last place with 4 points resulting from two wins.