Travel ban affecting WNBA players who were competing in Europe
3/14/2020 6:35:47 PM EST
The travel ban stopping flying from most European countries to the United States is causing issues for WNBA players who compete in European countries, according to USA Today.
President Donald Trump put the ban in place as part of trying to slow the spread of the coronavirus. And it is hindering WNBA players after EuroLeague Women and EuroCup Women suspended play on Friday.
"So many unknowns right now," WNBA executive director Terri Jackson told USA Today. "Understanding that travel ban and understanding what came out of the White House is tough to grapple with."
Neither Jackson nor WNBA commissioner Cathy Engelbert would reveal the number of players in Europe or discuss travel arrangements with USA Today.
"We have been in close communication and will continue to connect with and offer resources to players in the U.S. and those playing overseas," Engelbert said in a statement.
The WNBA season hasn't been postponed or canceled because it doesn't start until May 15. So the league is operating on a normal basis while seeing how things unfold.
As of now, no WNBA players have tested positive for coronavirus, according to Jackson. But more testing will occur.
"In another few days or weeks, we're all going to be wondering about getting a test," Jackson said. "So particularly when the season starts, it might be an issue we have to talk about and discuss."
The WNBA Draft is scheduled for April 17 and training camps are slated to open on April 26.
--Field Level Media