The president of the Liberia Basketball Association (LBA), Rufus Anderson, is convinced that the renovation work at the Sports Commission will be completed on time to begin the 2016 Basketball League on Saturday, February 27.
However, Chief Referee Solomon Johnson told the Daily Observer that the league can only begin if all the technical phases are settled.
Mr. Anderson stated that the renovation work includes the seating capacity, the floor and the bathrooms.
He frowned on rumors that the league would not kick off on Saturday owing to the renovation work. He said this Sunday is Super Sunday, with reference to the fixture.
Mr. Anderson indicated that about 80% of the clubs in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and female leagues have preregistered for the 2016 Basketball League.
“We are asking all fans to come on Sunday to watch the Super Sunday games…and we want to reassure all fans that the league will commence as scheduled,” Mr. Anderson said.
Chief Referee Johnson said there will be an important meeting of all the 24 basketball referees to be followed by an inspection of the court before the resumption of the league.
He said the inspection will focus on equipment (uniforms), the floor, the rings, the bathrooms and the players’ rooms.
For over a week now the basketball court has been under renovation, which some stakeholders have criticized, arguing that the renovation is going at a slow pace and the rainy season will hamper the league.
The Ministry of Youth and Sports has reportedly urged the LBA not to commence the 2016 LBA League on Saturday until the basketball court is fully renovated.
It may be recalled that Mighty Barrolle and LPRC Oilers were crowned champions of the 2015 LBA League, and for over two years there were no basketball games owing to controversies between Rufus Anderson and some basketball stakeholders on constitutional and financial issues.