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FIBA Oceania U17 Championships set to tip-off

The International Federation of Basketball Association (FIBA) Oceania U17 Championships is set to commence on the 2nd of October in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (PNG).

The six-day event will end on the 7th of October. This Oceania event serves as the first step in the

qualification process for the 2025 FIBA U19 World Cup.

According to FIBA Oceania, the top two finishers will qualify for the upcoming FIBA Asia U18 Championship in 2024. Qualifiers of the Asian U18 will further into the FIBA U19 World Cup Championship competition.

“We are excited to have this event taking place in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea,” said FIBA Executive Director – Oceania, Amanda Jenkins.

The participating Oceania nations in the FIBA Oceania U17 Championships include PNG, Australia, New Zealand, Guam, and Samoa.

PNG will meet Samoa in an inaugural match to prepare for the Oceania U17 series after Australia and Guam in a series opener.

As a lead-up for the event, the International Federation of Basketball Association (FIBA) Oceania U17 Championships 2023 officially launched its logo last week (August 18, 2023) in Gold Coast, Australia.

“The logo references the national emblem of Papua New Guinea, the bird of paradise, complemented by our traditional national colors - red, black, and gold,” the Basketball Federation of Papua New Guinea (BFPNG) commented.

“The traditional Motuan tattoo design, namely the Revareva, is used across Oceania by various tribes linking Pacific cultures everywhere. There is a pulse in the Revareva design that also highlights the intrinsic link shared by the Oceania people.”

BFPNG also included a pink thread on the basketball to recognize and promote awareness for breast cancer, which is a core national educational priority in Papua New Guinea (PNG) during the month of October, coinciding with the championships, PinkTober.

“Launching this culturally significant logo is a key milestone as we approach event tip-off on October 2,” EO Oceania Amanda Jenkins stated.

Image Credit: FIBA Oceania

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