Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer
General secretary of the Jamaica Basketball Association (JaBA), Marland Nattie, said the National Women Super League competition will begin in November, four months after its scheduled start.
The competition, which has attracted the island's best female basketball players - including past and present nationals - was scheduled to begin in August, but was pushed back due to lack of sponsorship.
Nattie told The Gleaner in an interview yesterday that despite his organisation failing to secure sponsorship for the tournament, the competition will tip off on November 16.
"It is going to happen on November 16 because the board has met and we have made a commitment to that," Nattie said.
"We have not yet confirmed any full sponsorship as yet, but persons have indicated that they are willing to support it," said Nattie. "None-theless, we will be moving to ensure that the females have a league this year, because we are going to have to put whatever mechanism in place to facilitate that."
Nattie added that it usually takes between $600,000-$1 million to run the competition, which normally lasts for three months.
"It is just a situation that we are facing, because we are still going out there, talking to a few sponsors and, hopefully, they will be able to come on board and whatever they are able to put in, then we will consolidate it to ensure that the females have a league," Nattie said.
He stated that the teams have been training very hard in their preparations for the competitions and so it's only fair for the association to start off the league, despite having limited resources.
"These females want to play basketball and so they look forward to playing in this competition every year," he said. "We usually get good crowd support at these games, especially Unique Ballers, because they are a very talented set of ladies."
Howard Harvey, coach of Swift Angels, was delighted with the news that the competition would soon be starting.
"I am happy that the league will start next month because the ladies have been looking forward and it is a long time coming," said Harvey.