The Israel WINNER Basketball League has suspended the 2019/20 campaign indefinitely as of March 16, 2020.
The league issued a statement a little after 21:00 Israel time with the following, “Due to the worldwide Coronavirus epidemic, in the face of clear instructions from the Ministry of Health that prevent full games and training, and after consultation with senior officials of the Ministry of Sports, Ministry of Health and others, the basketball Premier League is forced to announce the suspension of basketball Premier League activities starting today (16.3.2020). We will continue to keep up to date with all relevant factors and keep up to date with developments as the desire and intent of all of us is to continue the league and reach a sporting end. We wish all the players, coaches, those in the industry, and all of the basketball and sports fans good health, and a quick return to full activities.”
League Chairman Shmuel Frankel said, “It’s a sad day for Israeli sports in general and for Israeli basketball in particular. I hope we all return to the courts soon. Wishing everyone a lot of health.”
In essence the league decided not to decide and see how the situation unfolds over the next few weeks. Players will be allowed to leave to go home with the hope that they will be able to return to finish the campaign at a later date, if possible.