Basketball in S'pore on the rise

Basketball in S'pore on the rise
File photo of several members of the Singapore basketball team.

Singapore could host a thrilling line-up of basketball activities next year. That is the hope of Basketball Association of Singapore (BAS) deputy president Hoo Boon Hock, who was elected as deputy president of the South-east Asia Basketball Association (Seaba) on Sunday in Indonesia.

One of the topics discussed at the Seaba congress was the inaugural ASEAN Basketball Festival, which he hopes to bring to local shores, preferably after the June 5-16 Singapore SEA Games.

The 54-year-old said: "I will recommend that Singapore host the ASEAN Basketball Festival next year, funds permitting.

"For now we are fully focused on doing well at the Singapore SEA Games, but hosting the festival will only be good for basketball in Singapore."

Discussions about the festival are still at an early stage, but it would likely be a week-long tournament with fringe activities such as three-on-three games, as well as coaching and refereeing clinics.

Hoo, a physical education teacher at Anglican High School, said: "There is enough passion and interest on the ground to render the event a success."

About his appointment, which he will hold till 2019, he added: "It is an honour to be Singapore's representative in the regional basketball body, and I want to thank Anglican High for allowing me to serve the basketball fraternity."

His appointment is the latest boost for Singapore basketball.

Last December, the men's team broke a 34-year medal drought when they clinched a bronze at the Myanmar SEA Games.

Two weeks ago, they beat Indonesia and Malaysia to win their maiden Seaba Stankovic Cup.

Said Hoo: "We have a group of good players coming up and I hope all this will help Singapore become a basketball hub."

Seaba president Erick Thohir of Indonesia - who owns Italian football club Inter Milan - and secretary-general Yeoh Choo Hock of Malaysia both retained their positions at the congress.

This article was first published on June 4, 2014.
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