2018 FIBA Oceania U15 Championship begins

PORT MORESBY, 04 DECEMBER 2018 (POST COPURIER)—The 2018 FIBA Oceania U15 Championship was declared open on Monday night at the Taurama Aquatic and Indoor Complex in Port Moresby.

Present to officially open the championship was PNG Sports Foundation director sports (operations and development) Peter Chalapan, who spoke on junior development pathway as the key aspect towards success at the top national level.

“Junior development is the key to success,” Chalapan said.

He made reference to how top-tier basketball nations in the FIBA Oceania region like Australia and New Zealand, who continue to set the standard because they have junior development foundation pathways.

Chalapan acknowledged the partnership between PNG Sports Foundation and Basketball Federation of PNG, including FIBA Oceania, on players and officials skills program capacity building.

Chalapan said the championship will also provide the opportunity for the visiting teams to explore the experience left behind by their senior representative players who took part during the 2015 Pacific Games.

He said a state-of-the-art world-class facility like TAC (Taurama Aquatic and Indoor Complex) provided an avenue for players to compete and showcase their talents.

FIBA Oceania chief executive director David Crocker also made mention on how the championship will provide the opportunity for players to create friendship, play to their best and compete at the top level.

Present also to witness the opening ceremony was Fiji’s High Commissioner to PNG, PNG Olympic Committee general secretary Auvita Rapilla, Basketball Federation of PNG president Nick Daroa and coaching staff from the five visiting teams, hosts PNG and basketball followers.

The championship will start this afternoon. Draws: 1pm (Samoa vs Australia-girls); 3pm (Guam vs New Zealand-boys); 5pm (New Zealand vs PNG-girls); 4pm (Australia vs Samoa-boys); 7pm (PNG vs Fiji).

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