Archive for March, 2012

FIBA has officially announced the first ever FIBA 3×3 World Tour to be held in some of the world’s most iconic cities. The 2012 calendar of 3×3 basketball events also includes senior and U18 World Cups for men and women.

FIBA Secretary General and IOC Member Patrick Baumann shared his enthusiasm: “The first edition of the FIBA 3×3 World Tour and the first-ever FIBA 3×3 World Cup are two key landmarks in the development of the game, which we see as a future Olympic discipline. 2012 is going to be remembered as the year when 3×3 basketball was launched.”

The FIBA 3×3 World Tour will see men’s teams from around the world qualify for five Masters tournaments, each comprising of 16 teams and held in some of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities.

FIBA 3×3 World Tour Masters    

  • Sao Paulo, Brazil: 7-8 July
  • Vladivostok, Russia: 21-22 July
  • New York, USA: 18-19 August
  • Istanbul, Turkey: 1-2 September
  • Madrid, Spain: 8-9 September

The 16 best teams from the Masters qualify for the FIBA 3×3 World Tour Final, which will be held in Miami, USA, on 22-23 September.

Any team of four players is eligible to participate in the Masters tournaments by earning a place through a worldwide network of qualifying tournaments. For further information about the FIBA 3×3 World Tour, contact 3×3@fiba.com.

The inaugural FIBA 3×3 World Cup, for Men and Women respectively, will take place in Athens, Greece, on 23-26 August.

The second FIBA 3×3 U18 World Cup will take place in Seville, Spain, on 27-30 September. Boys and girls born after 1 January 1994 will be eligible to compete for their respective National Teams. The inaugural FIBA 3×3 U18 World Cup was played in Rimini, Italy in 2011.

3×3 basketball

Exciting, urban and innovative, 3×3 basketball is inspired by several forms of streetball played worldwide. Endorsed by FIBA, games see two teams of three players face off on a standard half-court. It was played successfully for the first time in international competition at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Singapore.

Source: FIBA.COM http://www.fiba.com/pages/eng/fc/news/inte/p/newsid/50936/arti.html

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In the second game of the series Mexico was just too strong for the team from South Africa. Three Mexican players, Floralia Estrada, Anaisa Perez and Rosa Vera scored 6 points each to help the team to a 20 – 5 lead at the end of the first period.

The second period Mexico continued to dominate their opponents with 9 points from Carmen Montaño and 8 from Lucia Vazquez. South Africa just could not mount an offense. It was 39 – 11 at the half and it was clear that Mexico was going to win the right to go to London.

Both teams came out in the second half using all their bench, making sure everyone got to play. In the third period on the strength of an eleven point quarter by Magaly Miranda Mexico continued to move away from South Africa leading 56 – 15 with one quarter to go.

South Africa outscored Mexico in the final quarter 12 – 10 with Masego Mokhine scoring 10 of South Africa’s 12 points.

Final score Mexico 66 – South Africa 27.

South Africa coach Willie Mulder had this to say “It was very important for our women’s program to get a chance to play in a qualification tournament. I want to thank Mexico for recognizing that they were much stronger and allowing the games to played in such a nice and fair way. Now we have to go back home and get more countries supporting their women’s programs in Africa so our Zone can improve.”

Mexico coach Pablo Larraga was pleased with the result “It is nice to have the final spot for London but we will need to work very hard now to do well. These games allowed us to play all our players and give them game experience for the future.”

Maureen Orchard, President of IWBF, “I was pleased for Mexico as they worked hard for their right to go to London finishing fourth at home in Guadalajara and then needing to defend that victory against South Africa. What I liked most about these games is the true sense of wanting to share the experience with South Africa and not bury them. Mexico can be very pleased with their representatives as can South Africa. Women’s wheelchair basketball is alive and well and will only get better.”

(Photo taken from: http://www.nepalsportsphoto.com)

The long-time servers and the most experience players in the Nepal Men’s National team, Bipendra and Rabindra took retirement from the National Team. They have been very important part of Men’s National teams for a decade and were influential to other players with their skills and dedication to the sport.

Now, they have retired; Nepal Basketball Association should include Robin Khatri better known as Metro in the national team. Most probably the most skillful player and the best handler of the ball, khatri must be the next PG of the Nepal National Men’s Basketball team. Khatri has been declared MVP in the recently concluded three tournaments including in the 6th National Games.

A recent facebook survey among fans of Nepal Basketball; most of the fans suggested Robin Khatri should be next PG of National Team.

So long……..

Much-awaited sixth National Games were held in the Far western Region of Nepal for the first time. 32 sports were played in the sixth National Games with Basketball being one of the most watched sports in the sixth edition of the National games.

Women’s basketball were included for the first time in the in the history of National games in Nepal. National Sports Council was the organizer of the National Games. Total of 4 Women’s and 7 Men’s team participated in the 6th National Games: Basketball.

MID REGION won gold in Men’s category beating University team while University team won Gold beating Eastern Region. Robin Khatri was declared MVP in Men’s category while Ahusha Malla Thakuri was declared MVP in Women’s category.

I was in New Delhi in the last week of January 2012 and Nepal U18 National Men’s team was in New Delhi to participate in the FIBA ASIA MID ZONE U18 Qualifiers. I went to Tyagraj Stadium to see all the matches of the qualifying round where Nepal along with hosts India, Srilanka and Bangladesh were participating.

To my surprise but it was expected; all the matches were played in the empty stadium. Pictures speaks louder than words….(See the pictures below of the Tyagraj Stadium during the FIBA ASIA MID ZONE U18 Qualifiers).

Nepal Basketball Association (NeBA) has selected following player to represent Nepal in the upcoming Asian Beach Games scheduled to be held at Haiyang China from .. to……. 2012.

Team Leader / Manager: Narendra Thapa (NeBA Senior VP / Technical Director)

Men’s

  1. Sadish Pradhan
  2. Robin Khatri
  3. Sujan Pun
  4. Binod Maharjan

Women’s

  1. Sujata Rai
  2. Sneha Shrestha
  3. Sadina Shrestha
  4. Anusha Malla