Poor air cancels outdoor basketball event in Abbotsford

The ABA’s 3X3 Summer Jam tournament to be re-scheduled

The smoky air in Abbotsford and the Fraser Valley has forced the cancellation of a local basketball event.

The Abbotsford Basketball 3X3 Summer Jam event, scheduled for yesterday (Tuesday) and today (Wednesday) was postponed due to poor air quality.

The event, which had 51 registered teams from all across B.C. and Alberta, was planned to go on at Dave Kandal Park in west Abbotsford.

The Abbotsford Basketball Association, the minds behind the event, stated that they are hoping to re-schedule the event and will look into possibly moving it to an indoor setting.

However, one event that will not be cancelled or moved is the second annual MSA Outdoor Classic basketball tournament. That event, which takes place at the outdoor courts near MSA Arena, runs from Friday to Sunday.

Organizers of that event said they have spoken to the majority of those registered and everyone seems willing to give it a go.

The Classic runs from Aug. 11 to 13. For more details on that event, follow @MSA_Classic on Twitter.

According to Environment Canada’s Air Quality Health Index, the Central Fraser Valley’s ranking is a seven for today and tomorrow, which equals a high risk. A high-risk setting urges the general population to consider reducing or rescheduling strenuous activities outdoors if you experience symptoms such as coughing and throat irritation.