On the heels of the governor canceling the basketball game between Hong Kong and the Guam men’s basketball team on island, the Guam Basketball Confederation is now working on a “what’s next” plan.
EJ Calvo, the president of the GBC, told the Pacific News Center that FIBA officials flew in overnight to discuss the future of the Hong Kong match-up. FIBA is the governing body of international basketball.
“We hope that FIBA will agree to reschedule the game…and we will now focus on preparing for New Zealand on Sunday and invite the entire island to enjoy the game,” Calvo said.
Calvo says the Guam team is practicing tonight as scheduled from 7 to 9 pm and prepping for the game against New Zealand this Sunday.
Late yesterday afternoon, Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero canceled the Hong Kong world basketball qualifier game, saying she has a responsibility to “keep the coronavirus away from our island.”
In response to questions about why other Hong Kong travelers aren’t banned from entering Guam, the governor says much like the cruise ship her administration turned away, she can only make certain decisions around public safety.
“There are situations and risks that we can control. Those I’m going to control. There are risks that I cannot control, for example, I cannot deny entrance for tourists from Hong Kong coming in, because the U.S. President’s declaration exempted Hong Kong and Macau. Once they come in, I know that the customs and quarantine people are screening them,” the governor said.
An American woman who was a passenger on that MS Westerdam cruise ship that was banned from Guam had tested positive for coronavirus.
The Westerdam cruise ship has since found a place to dock in Cambodia, after being turned away from Guam, Japan, and the Philippines.
On a related note, the governor said there are no austerity measures currently planned for Guam in light of a drop in tourists over fears of the coronavirus.
The governor said generally, she’d like to build up a rainy day reserve for times like these.