HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: K Garira? Nepal, an event management company, is organising the highest cash prize event in Nepali basketball — Ruslan Big Bucks 3-on-3 Open Basketball — here from June 13.
A maximum of 20 teams are expected to take part in the four-day event that offers Rs 200,000 in cash prizes. The champions will earn R 100,000 — the highest cheque on offer till date in Nepali basketball. The runners-up with pocket Rs 50,000, while the third-placed team and the MVP will grab a purse of Rs 25,000 each.
All the matches of the knockout tournament will be played at GAA Hall with the participating teams allowed to field mixed team and include foreign players. “To make the event more interesting, we have allowed teams to include girls and foreigners as well,” said K Garira? Nepal CEO Dipesh Ghale.
“We are also planning to include the girls’ event from next year,” said Ghale during a press meet here today. Ruslan Vodka is the title sponsor of the tournament. The final match will feature BMX Stunt Showcase, Skateboard tricks, Live Performance, Beat-box and B-boying.
Premier Cup kicks off today
KATHMANDU: The Nepal Basketball Association (NeBA) is organising the second Premier Cup 3-on-3 National Basketball Championship here from Monday.
In all 36 teams — 24 in men and 12 in women’s sections — will participate in the tournament which will also serve as the selection for the first 3-on-3 World Basketball Championships to be held in Athens, Greece from August 23-26, informed the NeBA here during a press conference today.
“We will pick best players and after undergoing various selection procedures, we will pick four hoopsters each in the men’s and women’s category,” said NeBA senior vice-president and technical director Narendra Thapa.
Kaski, Sunsari and Jhapa are the only teams from outside the Kathmandu Valley to compete in the tournament. Like the previous year, Premier College is the tournament title sponsor. —