Chiney Ogwumike and Kristi will skip the 2020 WNBA season
With the start of the WNBA, Chiney Ogwumike and Kristi Tolliver announced that they will skip the 2020 WNBA season.
Many NBA and WNBA players choose to withdraw from their respective games for social justice or health reasons.
Their announcement was on Friday that both women cited health and safety issues as the reason for their absence.
The players talked to Doug Feinberg of The Times League.
Ogwumike said: “If you know me, you know that I have overcome some of the biggest challenges athletes might face on the court.”
“My previous injury gave me strength and character, but unfortunately, they asked me to prepare before entering the season.”
Tolliver continued: “Although I really want to compete with my team to become a leader and emulate them, I am dissatisfied with many unknown COVID-19 and risks given the short-term and long-term risks of good health. Say, the correct decision in this case is to opt out of the year.”
Last Friday was the deadline for the league to withdraw from this season in Orlando.
Like the NBA, the WNBA will experience a compressed season, with 22 games scheduled for 22 months.
The WNBA will then enter the regular playoff format, and the final will end in early October.
Chiney Ogwumike and Kristi Tolliver are both members of Los Angeles Sparks.
This post is written by Eric Magana