A decision will be made in May about whether Ireland will host the European Championship for Small Countries.

The tournament is due to go ahead in Limerick in June, having been postponed last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

But at a virtual meeting of the FIBA Europe Board in Munich on Friday, a decision was made to wait until May before confirming the organization and format for the tournament.

Basketball Ireland CEO Bernard O'Byrne welcomed the decision to wait until May for confirmation.

"This is a sensible decision by FIBA to give us all more time to assess where the land lies with Covid-19, both here in Ireland and in Europe," he said.

"There will be a FIBA Board meeting in May when a final call will be made following consultation will all stakeholders and discussions with the various commissions, Medical, Youth and Competitions. Basketball Ireland will be working closely with FIBA to make the appropriate decision on the FIBA Men's European Championship for Small Countries in Limerick."

Ireland senior men's head coach Mark Keenan added: "This has been a challenging time for us all and naturally we’re all eager to put on the green jersey, represent our country and get back to playing basketball.

"We’d obviously love the opportunity to play the FIBA European Championship for Small Countries at home and shall continue to prepare accordingly while awaiting the decision from FIBA in May."

Ireland last hosted the European Championship for Small Countries in 1994 in Dublin when the Irish national side won the competition for the first and, thus far, only time by beating Cyprus in the final.

Ireland are due to be joined in the delayed 2021 competition by Andorra, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Gibraltar, Malta and San Marino.