By Jonas Terrado
San Miguel Alab Pilipinas and three other teams have asked the ASEAN Basketball League to suspend its season due to the continuous threat of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
Alab along with Hong Kong Eastern, Macau Black Bears and Taiwan’s Formosa Dreamers made this known in separate statements released Thursday, saying that travel risk will be too much to deal especially with the World Health Organization declaring the disease as a pandemic.
“Since the ABL is a regional league and travel will be difficult and risky, Alab Pilipinas together with Hong Kong Eastern, Macau Black Bears and Formosa Dreamers deem it appropriate to request the ABL to follow the NBA and other sporting leagues in suspending our season,” Alab said in a statement.
“Alab Pilipinas believes that our fans and supporters will understand this move as it is for the best interest of everyone to take precaution,” the team added. “Many experts have shared that social distancing is the best way to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and we wish to take part of this solution.”
The ABL had rescheduled numerous games since early-February as precautionary measures against the spread of the virus.
But the league was forced to postpone additional matches last Sunday after Singapore Slingers import Jameel McKay was placed under quarantine after it was discovered that he was included in a flight where a French passenger tested positive for COVID-19.
McKay, a former PBA import, is undergoing quarantine and has not shown any symptoms of the infectious disease, according to media reports in Singapore.