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FIBA Europe suspends all competitions, including EuroLeague and EuroCup Women due to coronavirus outbreak

Women’s basketball competitions are affected on the other side of the Atlantic. This also affected many domestic leagues within European countries.

EuroLeague Women Final Four 2019
Emma Meesseman is still expected to play for UMMC Ekaterinburg in the Russian PBL though the EuroLeague Women season is now cancelled.
Photo by Andrea Kareth /SEPA.Media /Getty Images

On Friday, FIBA Europe announced that all continental competitions will be suspended for the rest of the teams’ seasons due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In a press release on Friday, FIBA Europe noted that all continental basketball competitions, like EuroLeague Women, EuroCup Women and the FIBA Europe Cup will be “suspend[ed] ... without resuming until the end of the current club season.”

There are several Mystics players in Europe. Emma Meesseman plays for UMMC Ekaterinburg. As of the time I write this, the Russian federation has not cancelled domestic play. The Foxes were in the EuroLeague Women quarterfinals against BLMA before the announcement, and one game was cancelled due to coronavirus fears.

Shatori Walker-Kimbrough plays for Aluinvent DVTK Miskolc in Hungary and the EuroCup. DVTK was eliminated in Play-off Round 1 of EuroCup Women. It’s unclear if Hungary has decided to postpone play domestically.

Kim Mestdagh, who has not re-signed with the Mystics as of the date of this post, plays for Flammes Carolo Basket in France and EuroCup Women. The Fédération Française de Basketball (FFBB), the authority that oversees French professional basketball, postponed all domestic matches through March 31 (link in French).

We hope that all Mystics players abroad stay safe during this time.