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Big response to Asian Youth 3x3 camp

139 participants from 23 countries register for

the camp

Tribune News Network


The Asian Youth 3x3 Basketball Camp got off to a hectic start at the Qatar Olympic Academy in Al Gharafa on Sunday.

This is the first time that such a camp has been organised anywhere in the world by the FIBA, the world sport governing body. The Qatar Basketball Federation, headed by Sheikh Saoud bin Abdulrahman al Thani, acquired the distinction of hosting this activity to accelerate the momentum that the 3x3 version has generated.

Along with the FIBA and the QBF, the Olympic Council of Asia and the Qatar Olympic Committee are also partners in the camp, which will run through to September 18.

QOC's Khaleel al Jabir, Head of the Sports Affairs at the QOC, was proud of the fact the QOC is conducting the camp."We're proud to host this camp at the Qatar Olympic Academy. This is the second international camp that we're hosting here. Earlier, we organised a camp in swimming, which was a great success.

"We want to thank the FIBA and Olympic Council of Asia for this opportunity. This camp is not just about playing or learning basketball. We'll also educate the participants about how to use healthy diet, fitness and body care to maximise their potential so that they can become stars of the future.

"We're excited to see a large gathering of players and coaches, who have chosen to be part of this camp. I wish them good luck and healthy stay," Jabir added.

QBF Executive Director Saadoun al Kuwari informed about the number of countries and participants who are involved in the first ever such camp."Qatar is a doing a lot for the 3x3 basketball. We've established ourselves as a strong nation in a relatively short time, having won the world title last year.

"Right now, 139 players and coaches from 23 nations in Asia have enrolled for the camp, which is quite heartening for us. We've made elaborate arrangements to make the participants comfortable. We hope that all the participants will use this opportunity to expand the game when they go back. Also they have good memories of their stay in Qatar," added Kuwari.

FIBA coordinator Nicolas Widmer, who talked about the rules of the 3x3 version in the first session, said,"The game is getting a lot of popularity among the youth. Since 2010, more than 120 countries are active in the 3x3.

"We have had five world youth championships for under-18 players, two open world championships and two Youth Olympics. The next step is to start zonal or continental championships.

"We have already 100,000 players registered with our platform. But we believe that the actual number of active players is five times more.

"The impact of the game is huge on the social media. In the last nine months, I think we have already got 10 million videos, which shows the growth of the sport.

"The FIBA vision is to have this version included in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. We're ready to join the Olympics any time. But we want at least one million players registered with us during the next five years. So we're all working towards this goal.," added Widmer.


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