The situation in the NBA26 March 2020 / Miguel Coelho
The cases keep increasing in the NBA
This year’s Olympics basketball tournament had everything to be one of the best ever. Besides the United States of America and Spain, the best national teams in the world, the level of the remaining nations has been rising tremendously. You’ve got current European champions Slovenia, with Luka Doncic and Goran Dragic, Serbia with Nikola Jokic, France with countless NBA players or even Italy with Marco Belinelli, just in Europe.
Australia was one of the teams that won against the USA in the preparation fixtures for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 and Ben Simmons didn’t even take part in those games. On the other hand, Canada has been developing his youth system perfectly, reaping its fruits a few years later, where several players are playing at the highest level in the best league in the world. Jamal Murray, Tristan Thompson, Andrew Wiggins or RJ Barrett are some of the names that could potentially integrate Canada’s list to the Olympics.
However, there’s a major problem. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it was thought that Japan’s Olympic Committee would at least postpone the competition to a later date. With that not happening, Canada and Australia decided to withdraw all of their teams, be it basketball, football or any other sport. It’s still unknown if the Committee will give their decision a second thought and perform the Olympics when the virus finally stops its spreading. Even if the financial losses could be huge, probably the main reason they haven’t postponed it yet, the sporting side of it could also play a huge factor, as every single nation in the world would enter the competition to win it. Let’s wait for an official announcement in the upcoming days.
Japan's Shinzo Abe: "If asked whether the Games can be held, I don't think the world is in such a situation."— S.E. Cupp (@secupp) March 23, 2020
Canada will not send athletes to the Tokyo games.
Australia will not send athletes.
IOC, do the right thing and POSTPONE THE OLYMPICS.
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