Penang targets 100 teams for basketball tourney

Filepic of an action-packed 3X3 basketball match in Penang.

ENDORSED by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA), FIBA Penang 3x3 Challenger 2019 is back with a target of more than 100 teams for its U-14, U-16 and U-18 categories.

The event from May 9 to 12, aims to use basketball to bring people together and will be held at Gurney Paragon Mall from 10am to 9pm.

World Hoops Sdn Bhd managing director Grace Khor said they are certain the fast-paced, action-packed tournament will be Penang’s biggest sporting event of the year.

“Our tournament last year was a global attraction as over 68,000 people watched the live streaming on YouTube and the crowd in the mall was tremendous,” she said during a press conference at Komtar recently.

“We hope this year’s 3x3 challenger will create an even greater impact,” she added.

State Youth and Sports Committee chairman Soon Lip Chee said it was an honour to host such a prestigious event in Penang.

“This world-class tournament will solidify the reputation of our state as one of the top destinations in the world, so it means a lot for us to showcase Penang through a distinguished, international sporting event like this.

“In the bigger picture, the event will allow us to open the doors of our state and invite people from different backgrounds and countries to enjoy the uniqueness of Penang,” he said.

FIBA Penang 3x3 Challenger 2019 will also feature Grassroots and Corporate Tournaments along with the Fans Carnival. For details, call 012-4739822.

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