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Monday, September 22, 2014  

Unique 3on3 basketball tournament for a cause
Sports Writer

MUSCAT In a one of its kind event in the Sultanate a 3on3 basketball tournament, titled ‘Sports Meets Charity’ has been planned on February 15 by the Oman Basketball Association (OBA), in association with the German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech).

The one-day event will be held at the GUtech in Halban from 9am till 6pm and registration is free. Also each basket scored will have a cash value that will be directly donated to the Early Childhood Intervention Centre in Al Azaiba it was announced during a press conference held at the Oman Olympic Committee (OOC) on Tuesday.

Speaking on the occasion Hisham Al Adwani, vice-chairman of the OBA, said: “The registration is free of charge and everybody who likes to play basketball is invited to participate. This is a unique event as far as the OBA is concerned and we hope it will be a grand success.

“This special public basketball tournament will be open for everyone – of both genders and multiple age groups – below 13, below 15, below 18 and above 18 years,” he noted.

“3on3 is a special version of the traditional basketball game. It is very quick, only 10 minutes game and easy to kick off for players of all age groups.”

Chipping in with her views, Gunhild Pfaff, sports officer at GUtech, said the open event is expected to attract 250 people, especially from public and private colleges, universities and various basketball clubs in the country.

“With basketball you can easily burn a lot of calories and train your cardio-vascular system,” said Gunhild. “One of the main characteristics of basketball is that it is played without referees, but requires a high level of Fair Play. The players are self-responsible, they declare a foul or an irregularity themselves,” she said.

In addition to the basketball tournament, a basket shooting competition, children sports adventure corner, box climbing, off-road bicycle test drive, horse and pony riding, XXL-sandpit, beach games plus the BMW and Mini test drive and a food corner will make the event attractive for the whole family.

The event has a large number of sponsors, including BMW, Nawras, Swiss, OUA travel, StrabagOman, Europoles Middle East, Bauer Nimr LLC, HIMA Middle East, Sawadi Beach Resort, Doka, TMTEC, METS, Finland Osteopathy Clinic, MIG products, Oman Bicycle, Supa Sportsmen LLC, Millenium Resort Musannah, Extra Divers Worldwide, Enjaz Enterpries, New Innovation Technology, A’Safwah and Badr Al Samaa Clinic.

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