FIBA has published updated guidance on returning to basketball ©Getty Images

The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) has published a second edition of its Restart Guidelines for national governing bodies and leagues looking to return to action.

FIBA said the purpose of these guidelines is to offer direction and advice for the resumption of basketball activities and competitions.

The global governing body published its first set of guidelines back in May to help plan for the return of competitions.

FIBA said its COVID-19 Medical Advisory Group has been regularly reviewing the latest scientific knowledge.

The group has also received best practices and challenges provided by countries and leagues which have resumed their basketball activities and competitions.

The group has also examined the World Health Organization’s (WHO) revised version of the risk assessment tool for sports event organisers to provide an overview of the process for determining the risk of COVID-19 spread.

FIBA’s updated guidance includes information regarding potential COVID-19 spread through aerosols and the addition of specific risk-mitigation considerations to support professional leagues as well as national competitions in their restarts.

The basketball risk assessment tool includes aspects regarding the modification of event delivery formats and the addition of the decision tree.

The assessment tool has also seen the addition of a risk communication tab, as communication of the COVID-19 risk to individuals in a mass gathering is considered as important as other factors.

FIBA secretary general Andreas Zagklis has thanked experts for their input into the latest guidance, which has been published in English, French and Spanish.

The NBA season has resumed in a bio-secure bubble in Orlando ©Getty Images
The NBA season has resumed in a bio-secure bubble in Orlando ©Getty Images

"As the restrictions put in place to slow the spread of COVID-19 continue to change around the world, we have witnessed some of our member federations and their leagues implement a safe and successful return to basketball in the past few months at the national level," Zagklis said.

"FIBA considers the well-being as well as the mental and physical health of all involved in our sport to be of paramount importance.

"We are thankful to the experts from the WHO, the NBA and the national federations and leagues involved in this important work.

"In addition to the FIBA Repository of Restart Protocols, made available recently to our members, we hope this second edition of the Restart Guidelines will further assist national federations and leagues to plan their restarts and, therefore a safe return to basketball and 3x3 basketball competitions."

FIBA last month lifted the suspension of its competitions, which had been in place since March.

The governing body postponed its events after citing the need to protect the health and safety of players, coaches, officials and fans during the coronavirus pandemic.

The National Basketball Association (NBA) season resumed last month in the United States.

Games are currently taking place in a bio-secure bubble at Walt Disney World's ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando.

The updated guidance can be accessed here.