ANDhe Real Madrid-Barcelona, the great Classic of Spanish basketball, has not been able to with this sixth wave of the COVID-19 and it will have to be played on a new date to be determined after the announcement by the Endesa League to suspend the match due to the positive cases of COVID-19 in the Barça squad.

The Real Madrid-Barça match, scheduled for this coming Sunday, January 2 at 6:30 p.m., and corresponding to matchday 16 of the Endesa League, has been postponed due to the situation of positive cases due to COVID-19 that affect the Barça squad. The acb will soon announce the new date for the match.

sarunas jasikevicius, Barça basketball coach, and the players Brandon Davies and Nico Laprovittola, in addition to three members of the Barça coaching staff, have tested positive for covid after the Ciudad Condal team subjected the squad to diagnostic tests and announced the results 48 hours before the Clásico.

Both the Lithuanian coach and the American Davies and the Argentine Laprovittola “are in good health”, assured the Barcelona press release, which has finally seen how the Endesa League opted for the postponement due to the outbreak in the culé locker room.

WAVE OF SUSPENSIONS

The match Coosur Real Betis-Surne Bilbao Basket of the Endesa League, scheduled for Monday, January 3 at 7:00 p.m., this Friday became the sixth match of matchday 16 postponed due to the positives for covid, which in this case affect the Sevillian club’s squad.

Shortly before, the postponement of the Bitci Baskonia-Inherits San Pablo Burgos due to the outbreak that affects the azulgrana squad. After the positive confirmed by the coach, Neven Spahija, who has not been able to lead the last two games, the virus has affected a good part of the team and the competition has been forced to postpone the visit of the Burgos team to the Fernando Buesa Arena.

The other four games suspended throughout the week are the MoraBanc-Baxi Manresa, UCAM Murcia-Lenovo Tenerife, Urbas Fuenlabrada-Joventut de Badalona and Monbus Obradoiro-Rio Breogan.

Those that remain in their initial schedule for the moment are three, Real Madrid-Barcelona and Unicaja-Casademont Zaragoza, which will be played on Sunday 2, and Valencia Basket-Gran Canaria, scheduled for Monday 3.

CHANGE IN PROTOCOL

The Extraordinary Assembly that the ACB established that, in addition to the postponed matches being able to be played until January 30 at most so as not to alter the classification for the Copa del Rey (if this cannot be done, the percentage of victories would be used), a match It may be suspended due to the health protocols of each Autonomous Community, or because one of the contenders may present at least nine non-positive players among the 12 registered in the ACB for the match.

It is a substantial change in the covid-19 health protocol that the ACB created in its Competition Regulations after the pandemic emerged, since then it made it clear that the suspension/postponement of matches could take effect when there was an outbreak that provoke at least three positives in a team. Now it would be enough to be able to enroll nine uninfected.

Via Marca.com