CBA side Liaoning Flying Leopards announced on Sunday the resignation of the team’s head coach Guo Shiqiang.

The team’s former captain Yang Ming will replace Guo.

Liaoning was in the third place in the CBA standings before the 2019-20 season resumed eight days ago. However, the team lost three out of four games after the restart and dropped to 7th place.

Guo stepped up as Liaoning’s head coach in 2013. He led his team to three CBA finals in four seasons between 2015 and 2019 and helped Liaoning to capture their first CBA title in 2018.

“Currently I don’t have any personal plan,” said Guo. “I will get some rest at first.”

Guo’s replacement, 35-year-old Yang, spent all 15 of his playing years with Liaoning, playing 565 games for the team. He retired last summer and was hired to serve as Guo’s assistant coach. 

Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) Tuesday released a poster depicting the image of four representatives, including renowned respiratory expert Zhong Nanshan, along with several basketball players, to pay tribute to those involved in China’s anti-virus battle.

Apart from Zhong, whose team has given the CBA guidance on the league restart, three other ordinary people featuring in the poster are Zhao Yingming, a health worker from Sichuan province who aided the fight against the coronavirus in Hubei province, community worker Feng Feng and Wang Yong, a courier who volunteered to give over 1,000 medical workers a free ride during the COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan.

Yi Jianlian, Guo Ailun, Wang Zhelin, Zhou Qi and Sun Minghui are the player representatives in the poster.

“Thank you to everyone that helped fight against the coronavirus,” the CBA said in a statement.

The CBA season is set to resume on June 20 after nearly a five-month hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The CBA league has been postponed by the COVID-19, but will now move forward and not stop,” the statement added. 

HANGZHOU, May 26 (Xinhua) — The results of Zhejiang Golden Bulls nucleic acid tests were all negative, the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) side general manager Fang Jun told Xinhua here on Tuesday.

All staff of the club, including coaches, players of the first team and staff members went to the Zhejiang hospital for nucleic acid and serum antibody tests on Monday.

“The test result shows everyone is normal,” Fang said.

The Golden Bulls rank 11th in the current CBA standings.