Due to the rising COVID-19 case numbers throughout Australia, the Under-16 Australian Junior Championships – set to run from 4-11 July in Perth, Western Australia – have been postponed.
A meeting between Basketball Australia and the state and territory associations today confirmed the need to postpone the championships due to the developing COVID-19 situation in a number of states and territories across Australia.
The tournament has not been cancelled at this stage as Basketball Australia is looking for replacement dates later in 2021 that will allow all teams to participate in the Under-16 Australian Junior Championships.
Basketball Victoria will maintain close contact with all players and coaches to ensure opportunities for competition and to showcase their skills are made available if the championships are unable to go ahead.
“It is unfortunate to see the Under-16 Australian Junior Championships postponed from its scheduled start date this week,” Basketball Victoria CEO Nick Honey said. “It is in the best interest of public health and safety now that a majority of states are affected by the latest wave of COVID-19 cases to postpone the tournament and look into alternative arrangements this year.
“Our teams, coaches, staff members and families have kept their hopes high and worked hard across this period of uncertainty for a chance to enter the tournament.
“The way they have banded together to support each other through each step of this arduous process has been commendable – everyone involved in these teams has Basketball Victoria’s admiration and respect for the way they’ve conducted themselves throughout tough times.
“We will do everything possible to ensure these teams get to compete in 2021 either at the Australian Junior Championships or a replacement event within Victoria.”
As a token of goodwill for all our players, coaches, staff and parents have experienced across the last few weeks, Basketball Victoria will waive all costs for families in regards to Victorian state team uniforms and training gear as well as cancelling all invoices previously remitted for the Perth tournament. All payments made to date will be refunded.
We will make further announcements regarding the status of the Australian Junior Championships as soon as possible.