The European Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF Europe) announced on Wednesday the cancellation, by the coronavirus, of all quarterfinal matches of the Champions League and the preliminary phase of the different EuroLigas that were going to be played between March 13 and 15.
Those affected by this cancellation of the European competition are five spanish teams, among them the Econy BSR Gran Canaria, what For the first time he managed to rank among the eight best in the continent.
The Ilunion He was the host of the Champions quarter group, with Madrid as headquarters, and where the participation of the grancanario club was planned next to the Lahn-Dill (Germany) and the Besiktas (Turkey).
The other headquarters were to be held in Elxleben (Germany) with the Thuringia Bulls as host and where the Spanish clubs were also going to play Amiab Albacete and of Bidaideak Bilbao, as well as the Galatasaray (Turkey).
In addition, the Vital Zuzenak Foundation (Vitoria) was to be released in Europe for the first time in its 38 years of history because it was framed in Group B of the preliminary round of EuroLeague 3, which was scheduled to be held in Le Puy-en-Velay (France).
Uncertainty now hangs over the teams because those competitions were the prelude to the final stages, since the Champions League title is scheduled to be decided on May 1 and 2 in Wetzlar (Germany) and those of the EuroLiga 1, EuroLiga 2 and EuroLiga 3 were put into play from April 24 to 26 in Badajoz, Valladolid and the German town of Munich, respectively.
In addition to wheelchair basketball, the coronavirus epidemic also affects other Paralympic sports.
The Spanish soccer team for the blind, brand new European champion, was going to play from March 16 to 21 on Tokyo Grand Prix, That has been canceled.
Another affected sport is the table tennis, which has seen how they were canceled the Open of China, the one of Thailand and the one of Lignano-Sabbiadoro, in Italy.
In the same Italian region, the World Swimming Series and Spanish triathletes may not compete in Abu Dhabi due to the cancellation of the first test of the 2020 calendar.
Finally, the wheelchair tennis players they will not be able to play the tournaments of South Korea, Japan and Biel-Bienne, in Switzerland, which have been canceled.