Coronavirus concerns raised over Hong Kong basketball team’s visit to Guam


The Bank of Guam Men’s National Basketball Team will be hosting not one, but two FIBA Asia Cup Qualification games at the Calvo Field House next week.

However, concerns have been raised about the team from Hong Kong over the possible spread of the coronavirus. The team from Hong Kong has 12 players and 4 coaches.

Travelers from China have been barred from entering the U.S., but Hong Kong is an exception. They are not banned.

Because of the coronavirus outbreak in mainland China, the game between Hong Kong and Guam, which was originally slated to be played in Hong Kong, was moved to Guam.

The Guam National team will tip off against Hong Kong next week and Guam Basketball Federation EJ Calvo told PNC that both teams are ready and the game will go on as scheduled.

“We are prepared to host the Hong Kong Team. They have confirmed that they have their flights and arrangements to make it to Guam. They are aware of the travel bans put on anyone traveling from mainland China which they understand. And, we’re not understanding any implication on their roster because of that, but they are obviously taking precautions to be healthy and ready to perform and compete.”

Meanwhile, the Governor’s press secretary Krystal Paco said the administration is looking into the questions surrounding the visit of the Hong Kong basketball team.

However, she noted, as was the case with the cruise liner turned away from last Friday, the issue to decide is whether GovGuam has the capacity to screen, quarantine, and treat infected patients.