15 May 2019
2019 Summer challenge Basketball tournament for Open and U-19 classes successfully concluded at Aung San stadium on Tuesday.
The challenge tournament is held annually, and it is organized by the Myanmar Basketball Federation with the support of Ministry of Health and Sports. It aims to get more experiences of competition, to turn out new talented players among young generation and to promote Basketball Sports among the community.
Vice President, Myanmar Basketball Federation, Maung Maung Myint said “This year, we arranged the accommodation and travel expenses for the teams from other states and countries. That’s why; many teams joined this year’s tournament than previous years. I noticed that the players from first, second and third winner of U-19 Boy Class seem very skillful. I think they will become our national players in next two or three years. We organize about 5 tournaments in a year and this summer tournament is the most crowded one.”
Myanmar Basketball Federation has been organizing this tournament since 2018. About 68 contesting teams across the country participated in Open and U-19 Classes (Men and Women) this year’s tournament. Apart from 1st to 3rd prizes, individual awards like Best player awards and hard work player award were also presented this year.
Player, Kokang Youth Team, Aung Aung said “We are from Lashio and this competition is 1st time joining of our team. As it is first time for us so we tried to our best. That’s why we won the first prize at U-19 Boy Class. We trained about 2 months for this competition. We will compete next years.”
Player, SPIFIRES B Team, Thein Han said “Our team has been joining this tournament for 5 years. We trained daily about over 1 month for this competition. We grabbed the first prize at the Open Man Class. I also won the outstanding Player award at this tournament. We have plans to compete in this tournament next years.”
It’s also learnt that 20 players have been selected as national players since April this year. They are under the training at the camp. 12 out of 20 players will choose again for the 30th Southeast Asian Games that will be hosted by the Philippines from 30 November to 10 December 2019.