BAHRAIN is set to host an international basketball tournament next week, the Bahrain Basketball Association (BBA) has confirmed.
This is a first-of-its-kind event in the kingdom and it is scheduled for May 24 to 27.
The event is taking place under the directives of BBA president Shaikh Isa bin Ali bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, who aims to further improve the level of the national team by holding games with top-level opponents in competitions such as this.
Some of the strongest teams from West Asia have been invited by the BBA to take part. They include the national teams of Iraq, Egypt and Lebanon, who will be taking to the hardwood alongside hosts Bahrain for this first edition of the tournament.
The BBA recently held a meeting under the chairmanship of Shaikh Salman bin Abdulla Al Khalifa to discuss their preparations for the international tiff.
Members of the organising committee include BBA general secretary Abdulelah Abdulghaffar, BBA Executive Director Ahmed Yusuf, National Teams Manager Ghassan Qarooni, Khalid Khalil, Ahmed Kaladari and Mahmood Taqawi.
Abdulghaffar told the GDN that the BBA is looking to hold this tournament every year and they will be looking to invite bigger teams from Asia and Africa to take part each time. They had also invited the Philippine national basketball team to participate in this year’s competition but the Asian basketball giants had other commitments at the same period.
Abdulghaffar added that Bahrain’s national team, coached by veteran Bahraini tactician Salman Ramadan, will be using the tournament as part of their preparations for their upcoming games in the FIBA Asia Cup 2021 Pre-Qualifiers, to be held next month in Dubai.
Meanwhile, the BBA received FIBA Asia National Federation Development Head Tarek Saidi and National Federation Development Assistant Manage Andrea Paoli. They have been holding a series of meetings and workshops covering technical, administrative and financial aspects.
Abdulghaffar received the FIBA Asia officials as well as other BBA executives. They also held meetings with members of the Bahrain Olympic Committee and the Ministry of Youth and Sport Affairs.
The FIBA Asia officials expressed their admiration for the work being done in the BBA. They stressed that the BBA’s practices are in line with the new vision of FIBA Asia. They added that the BBA is one of the most advanced associations in the whole continent, and they must continue to keep up the high standards.