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BFPNG to host Oceania FIBA U17 Championships

The Basketball Federation of Papua New Guinea (BFPNG) will be hosting the Oceania Federation of International Basketball Association (FIBA) Under 17 Championships at the Sir John Guise Indoor Complex Stadium in Port Moresby to identify two top teams for the upcoming FIBA U18 Asian Championships.

This international event will run from 2nd - 7th of October. According to FIBA Oceania, this event features five men’s teams and four women’s teams from the participating nations - the host PNG, Australia, New Zealand, Samoa, and Guam.

FIBA Oceania Executive Director Amanda Jenkins said that the tournament is shaping up to be hotly contested with youth development surging across the region.

“We have noticed that while Australia is still strong in the youth ranks, federations like New Zealand, Samoa, and Guam are now reaping the rewards of solid investment in youth development.

“As host, Papua New Guinea will also be eager to impress in front of their home crowd, so we are

excited to see what this tournament produces,” Ms Jenkins said.

This championship is a qualifier event in which only two spots are available. This means the two top finishers will secure their spots in the next stage of competing in the upcoming 2024 FIBA U18 Asian Championships. It serves as the first step of the qualification process, leading up to the 2025 FIBA U19 World Cup.

Reigning Champions for both the Men’s and Women’s competitions is Australia. They will be out to

defend their crowns against the power-houses of the region.

BFPNG will host this historic event for the first time. Sir John Guise Stadium will become a showroom court in Oceania to display, identify, and develop the next generation of basketball stars.

Moreover, BFPNG will launch the event’s logo, announce the main event sponsors, and announce the BFPNG U17 National Teams for both men and women next week.

The stage is set to ignite, as teams from around the region are eager to compete for the big title and entertain die-hard basketball fans.

Photo Credit: Oceania FIBA

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