Basketball Current Affairs - 2019

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Cricket to be re-introduced in Asian Games

The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) has decided to reintroduce Cricket in the 2022 Asian Games to be held at Hangzhou, China.

Cricket in Asian Games

  • Earlier Cricket had featured in 2010 and 2014 Asian Games but was dropped from the 2018 Asian Games.
  • In all probabilities mostly T20 version of cricket would be introduced in the Asian Games like it happened during the 2010 and 2014 edition in Guangzhou and Incheon respectively.
  • In 2014, Sri Lanka and Pakistan won the men’s and women’s gold and in 2010 Bangladesh and Pakistan claimed the top honours.
  • Indian Cricket Teams did not participate in both the editions.

In another major decision, the OCA has agreed to invite Oceania countries including Australia to compete at the 2022 Asian Games. Oceania athletes participation is limited to sports which qualify for the 2024 Olympics through Asia, including volleyball, beach volleyball, basketball, soccer and fencing.

Asian Games

Asian Games, also known as Asiad is a  multi-sport event held every four years among athletes from all over Asia.  Asian Games are organised by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) in association with the host nation. Asian Games are recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and are described as the second largest multi-sport event after the Olympic Games. The first Asian Games were held at  New Delhi, India in 1951.

India retains South Asian Basketball Championship

Defending champions India have retained the South Asian Basketball Championship (SABA) title. It was the 4th edition of the Championships.

In the final match of played at Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru, Karnataka they defeated Sri Lanka by 93-44 score. With this win India qualified for the FIBA Asia Championship which will be hosted by China in September 2015.

Results of SABA title 2015: India (gold), Sri Lanka (silver) and Nepal (bronze).

About SABA Championship

  • It is basketball tournaments organized by the South Asia Basketball Association (SABA) in which national teams of 6 countries participate.
  • Established: 2002
  • This tournament serves as a qualifier for various International Basketball Federation (FIBA) events such as the FIBA Asia Championship and the FIBA Asia Cup.
  • Most wins: India has won it 3 times in 2002, 2014 and 2015.