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FIBA Foundation launches 3x3 Young Lions Cup West in Western Africa

MIES - FIBA's Foundation (IBF), whose role is to run FIBA's sport for development projects, using the power of basketball to initiate positive change under the tagline 'Basketball For Good' has launched the '3x3 Young Lions Cup West' in Western Africa by holding a 3x3 coordinator workshop.

The event took place from November 24-25 in the Ivorian capital city of Abidjan.

As a result of the success of the IBF 3x3 Young Lions Cup South held last year in Gaborone, Botswana, IBF has decided to replicate the program in Western Africa, involving a further twelve African countries.

In order to implement the project, Africa 3x3 coordinators received a training on the digital tool 3x3 Event Maker and Play.fiba3x3.com that will enable them to run the competition qualifiers in their respective countries.

"I am happy that all the invited 3x3 coordinators made it to Abidjan. They showed great attention during the workshops and it proves that this IBF project is a good thing for the development of the game and the youth,’’ said Olivier Kambire, 3x3 Manager at FIBA Africa Regional Office.

FIBA Regional Director Alphonse Bile, provided useful advice to the trainees:

“The IBF 3x3 Young Lions Cup West is a great opportunity to promote youth in Africa. After this workshop, it is up to you to work hard in order to get a great number of children involved in this project.”

All participants received basketballs donated by Molten for their qualifying tournaments. The winners of each tournament will visit Abidjan for the international final set to take place from 29 to 31 March on the occasion of the inauguration of the new FIBA headquarters.

As part of a practical exercise, a mini tournament was organized on Sunday, in which the tools were used to the delight of the attendees.

Delio Akoussah, Togo Basketball Federation 3x3 coordinator, appreciated the initiative, saying: “Thanks IBF for giving us the opportunity to strengthen our knowledge. We will do whatever we can for this program to become a success for the youth in Togo.’’

The following national federations have signed up for the project:

  • Cote d’Ivoire
  • Djibouti
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Guinea Bissau
  • Liberia
  • Mauritania
  • Niger
  • Sao-Tome & Principe
  • Sierra Leone
  • Togo