The Youth Championship in Cairo launches the agenda for the new season

Al Gergawi: New channels for the adoption of the Arab Basketball Championships within the international agenda

  • From the team's matches in the Arab Championship in Dubai last February.

    Photography: Ashok Verma

  • Ismail Al Gergawi.

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The head of the UAE and Arab Basketball Federations, Major General Ismail Al Gergawi, confirmed the opening of new channels of communication with the International Federation (FIBA), with the aim of adopting Arab championships and courses within the international agenda.

Al-Gergawi said, in press statements, that “the recent successes, especially during the outbreak of the Corona pandemic, and the lack of stopping Arab activity, whether at the level of tournaments or administrative, training and arbitration courses, was behind making the Arab Union at the forefront of other regional federations, with testimony Everyone, including the International Federation.”

He added: "The presidency of the Arab Federation called on the Secretary-General of the Federation, Abdullah Shibli, to intensify contacts with the International Federation (FIBA), in order to officially adopt the Arab championships within the international agenda, in implementation of what was agreed upon during the General Assembly meeting held in Dubai last February on the sidelines of The Arab team championships for men, and the English language has been adopted along with the Arabic language on the website of the Arab Federation, so that the International Federation is aware of the tournaments, studies and courses that we organize in preparation for their adoption internationally.”

In a related context, Al Gergawi confirmed the launch of the Arab League's activities in the new season, starting from July 14, with the start of the youth teams championship hosted by the Egyptian capital Cairo until 22 of this month, with the participation of the teams of the Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Algeria and Egypt.

Al Gergawi pointed out that the Cairo Championship represents the best preparation for the UAE national team players before the Asian qualifiers for juniors from the Gulf region are due. The sixth of next August, which qualifies for the Asian finals, because this group of players represents the nucleus of the first team, and a tributary to it in the coming years, especially after the two great achievements of the UAE basketball last May, winning the gold medals for the men’s and women’s teams (3 against 3) In the third Gulf Games hosted by Kuwait.

At the end of his speech, Al Gergawi touched on the rest of the new season’s tournaments, saying: “In addition to the youth teams championship, Tunisia will host from September 20 to 28 next the Arab Clubs Championship for women, and from the fifth to 15 October, Kuwait will host the men’s club championship, while Kuwait organizes the men’s club championship. Morocco and Tunisia in the women's and men's team championships early next year.

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