Israeli basketball player Doron Shay 311 (R).
(photo credit: Agencja Gazeta / Reuters)
Despite the Israeli players’ strike, the women’s basketball Premier League will
return to action on Monday night.
The Israel Basketball Association
announced last week that it is cancelling the women’s top-flight season
following the work stoppage announced by the Israeli players.
players demanded that the ‘Russian rule’ – which dictates that two local players
have to be on court at any given time during a game – would continue to be
implemented this season, while the IBA insisted that it be scrapped and that
teams would be allowed to use four foreigners.
The two sides met almost
daily over the last week, but despite agreeing that the ‘Russian rule’ would
return for three seasons starting next year, they have yet to sign a deal,
failing to come to an understanding on several minor
Nevertheless, the IBA announced that Monday’s Week 3 games will
go ahead as planned, with the clubs to field teams of foreigners and youth
players, should the senior Israelis fail to show up.