Coronavirus: WNBA postpones start of 2020 regular season because of global pandemic

WNBA Season Delayed Due To Coronavirus, Virtual Draft Will Go On

Start dates for training camps, preseason games and the delayed regular-season openers have not been set.

"As developments continue to emerge around the COVID-19 pandemic, including the extension of the social distancing guidelines in the United States through April 30, the WNBA will postpone the start of its training camps and tip of the regular season originally scheduled for May 15", WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert said in a statement.

The April 17 draft will go on as scheduled, but fans, players and team staff won't be gathered together. A few college underclassmen - including Oregon's Satou Sabally, Texas A&M's Chennedy Carter and UConn's Megan Walker - have said they will enter the draft.

American professional leagues began suspending or postponing their seasons on March 11 when the National Basketball Association became the first to have a player test positive for the virus.

Engelbert, in her first full season on the job, has said the league would wait to make any announcements because things were changing on an hour-by-hour basis during the pandemic.

Engelbert said that whenever the WNBA does start, it will follow a strict protocol regarding the health and well-being of players, coaches and fans.

The postponement of the 2020 Olympics provides the WNBA flexibility with its schedule.

The WNBA had a monthlong break - July 11 to August 15 - planned this year because of the Tokyo Olympics.

"We will get through this hard time together and look forward to seeing our fans and defending our championship as soon as safely possible", Mystics General Manager and Coach Mike Thibault said. One of the the Storm's homes for the season, the Angel of the Winds Arena, is being used as a coronavirus isolation site.

The on line casino the place the Las Vegas Aces play is shut, as is the Connecticut Sun's dwelling enviornment.

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