16 May 2018
2018 Summer Invitational Basketball tournament for Open and U-19 classes kicked off at Aung San stadium on Wednesday.
The invitational tournament is held annually, and it is organized by the Myanmar Basketball Federation. It aims at getting more experience of competition and turning out new talented players among young generation and promoting Basketball among the public.
General Secretary, Myanmar Basketball Federation, Kyaw Kyaw Win said “As we’d like to promote basketball among the public and to get more experiences of competition, we have been organizing it since 2008. We have plans to hold such kind of competition every year. Some well-wishers also donate cash assistance worth 19.5 million kyats to provide for this competition.”
61 contesting teams across the country participated in this year’s tournament.
Player, Hinthada Team, Myat Thizar Oo said “We trained everyday for nearly the whole year. Now we will join U-19 women’s event. We always joined it every year. I know every contesting team is good in this year tournament. But we prepared a lot for this.”
Player, FRIGATE Team, Tun Linn Htet said “We will join men’s open class. We have been joined this competition for 5 years. But We’ve never won a prize in this tournament but we did in other competitions. We practiced ever day and we have full confidence to reach the final this year.”
Apart from 1st to 3rd prizes, individual awards like Most Valuable Player will also be given. The tournament will run till May 27th.