Guam-New Zealand basketball game still on this Sunday

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The Guam Basketball Confederation has been working closely with the Government of Guam throughout the FIBA Asia Cup Qualifier planning process, and due to ongoing concerns with the coronavirus, the Governor has officially cancelled the February 20th game between Guam and Hong Kong out of abundance of caution.

The Confederation forwarded the letter from Governor Leon Guerrero to FIBA, the governing body of international basketball,  and Hong Kong’s National Basketball Federation, and explained the game is not allowed to be held in Guam at this time.

“Governor Leon Guerrero, Lieutenant Governor Tenorio and their administration has been extremely supportive of our Guam National Basketball Program and we will comply with the Governor’s decision,” said GBC President EJ Calvo. “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.”

The Guam versus New Zealand Game will go on as originally scheduled at 5 pm on Sunday, February 23rd, with doors open by 3 pm at the UOG Calvo Fieldhouse. Food trucks, drink concessions, and others will be set up for what will be an exciting live sports experience! Tickets are on sale for Guam versus New Zealand at all Foody’s locations and online at seetickets.us/gbc2020 for $20 in advance.

“As true ambassadors for the sport and for our Island, we are proud to support an organization and team that place safety above all else,” stated Joaquin Cook, President and CEO of Bank of Guam.

“As a sponsor, we commend GBC and our Bank of Guam Men’s Basketball Team for promoting a healthy and safe community. We remain your biggest fans and look forward to cheering you on soon!”

The GBC would like to thank the following sponsors for their generous support of Guam Basketball:

Bank of Guam, Docomo Pacific, Gatorade, Foody’s, Coors Light, KFC, Kloppenburg Enterprises, Pay-Less and KUAM Communications. We would also like to say Si Yu’us Ma’ase to our public partners—Governor Lou Leon Guerrero, Lt. Governor Josh Tenorio, the Guam Legislature, the University of Guam, Department of Public Works, Department of Parks and Recreation, Mayors Council of Guam, Guam Economic Development Authority and Guam Visitors Bureau.