The National, Thursday 20th of February, 2014
THE decision by the Pacific Games Council that FIBA eligibility rules will apply to the men’s and women’s basketball competitions from the 2015 Pacific Games onwards.
This is a great opportunity for the gold and silver medalists in the men’s and women’s basketball during the Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea.
FIBA Oceania board met in Porirua, New Zealandlast November on the occasion of the FIBA Oceania Pacific Basketball Championships, and established new and exciting pathways for Oceania basketball countries and athletes.
The recently appointed secretary general, David Crocker in attendance, reached some key decisions.
The gold and silver medalists in the men’s competition will qualify to participate in the FIBA 2017 World Cup Qualification rounds in the Asia/Oceania Division 2.
Australia and New Zealand will participate in the Asia/Oceania Division 1 Qualification Home and Away matches, in accordance with the recently adopted FIBA 2017 Men’s World Cup Competition.
The future programme for women’s competition will be established at the FIBA Women’s World Championship in Turkey in September with Australia and New Zealand likely to be seeking qualification to future World Championships in joint Asia/Oceania competition.
“This is exciting news for Oceania basketball and will boost the stakes for the 2015 Pacific Games,” BFPNG president Nick Daroa said while making the announcement.