The Dutch basketball competition will be at a standstill for at least the next four weeks.

This is a consequence of the cabinet's new corona measures.

Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced at a press conference on Tuesday that athletes from the age of eighteen may only exercise at a distance of 1.5 meters and only individually or in a team with no more than four people.

Competitions are not allowed.

An exception is made for professional football - the Eredivisie and the Kitchen Champion Division will continue - but for team sports such as basketball, hockey, volleyball and handball, it basically means that the top leagues must be stopped.

The Dutch Basketball League immediately called a meeting on Tuesday evening after the press conference and suspended the Dutch basketball competition for at least four weeks.

A task force with directors from different clubs will investigate whether and how the competition can continue after that time.

The season started at the beginning of October, without fans in the stands.

Most clubs have played two matches.

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