CBL may call off 2011 season

Normal, Sports

The National, Friday, May 13, 2011

THE Capital Basketball League have resorted to ceasing the 2011 season which could also affect senior players in the PNG team preparing for the Pacific Games in Noumea, New Caledonia, starting in August.
The CBL had decided to take the bold step after experiencing lack of interest from clubs, players, coaches and referees to turn up at the Hohola Basketball Court for the competition. 
The league is looking for a better season this year with the inclusion of junior mix division starting from under 12 years old.
However, with such attitude from clubs, players and other stakeholders it could jeopardise the competition.
CBL president Moses Koiri and his executive have been placing more emphasis on junior development and need the support of senior players in implementing junior programmes for the youngsters.
Basketball Federation of PNG president Chey Schovell, who is currently in Ipswich, has been informed about the situation.  
In an e-mail, Schovell said: “PNG and CBL have been blessed by their efforts, and by the efforts of many before them, so I am deeply saddened to learn that CBL teams are not prepared for the 2011 season and are requiring cajoling by your executive. 
“While sadly most of our beloved country seems to have happily slipped into a state of apathy and acceptance of meritocracy and non-delivery, I am astounded that the good people and proud clubs of CBL and their members seem to be replicating this corrosive attitude at the home of a game that brings us joy, value and pride.”
“It is nothing short of appalling for the CBL president to find himself having to write to clubs saying the least you can do is have your players come to the courts in time. It is also unacceptable. All over the world, the success of social sports comes only on the back of the time and commitment made by its participants.”
Clubs have been urged to turn up at the Hohola courts tomorrow.  In the opening match, NGCB X-Diwai will face Defence on court one while on the adjacent court, Jazz meet Saints.
On Sunday, Chariots will take on defending champions, Dream Inn Exodus and Tamaraws are on bye.
Koiri is urging clubs to field teams in the junior grades. The competition will start at 9am.