Monday, August 27, 2001

19th Asian Basketball Championship for Women Fact

■Date: 4th to 11th October 2001
■Place: Bangkok, Thailand

■The Participants:
Level I - Korea, Japan, China, Chinese Taipei, DPR Korea and Thailand
Level II – Malaysia, Hong Kong, Jordan and Kazakhstan.

Level I's top three finishers of the 19th Asian Basketball Championship for Women will qualify to participate in the 14th World Basketball Championship for Women, which will be held in various key cities of China including Suzhou, Chuangshu, Huaiyin and Nanjing from September 14 to 25, 2002.

ABC secretary general Dato Yeoh Choo Hock will confirm all participants at a Press Conference to be held September 4 at he Sky Ballroom of the Maxx Hotel.

Beginning at the 16th Championship, which was also held in Shizuoka, Japan in 1995, the participants had been divided into Level I, which consisted of the teams of China, Korea, Japan, Chinese Taipei, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan. All the other teams competed in Level II.

The teams in Level I will play one Preliminary Round. The four best-placed teams in this round will qualify into the Semi Finals.

The Semi Finals shall consist of matches between the first and fourth placed teams; and second and third placed teams. The winners and the losers of the Semi Finals will play each other in the Finals for classification from 1st to 4th place.

The standings of the other teams in the Preliminary Round shall be their final standings in the championship. The remaining 5 teams in Level II will play one round. FIBA rules on classification of teams shall apply.

For all subsequent Championships for Women, the teams and the number of teams to be qualified into Level I of the next championship shall be determined by the Women's Commission, using as a basis, their performance at the current championship.

■Results of the 1999 ABC for Women:
Level I: 1st-Korea, 2nd-Japan, 3rd-Chinese Taipei, 4th-China, 5th-Thailand
Level II: 1st-DPR Korea, 2nd-Malaysia, 3rd-Hong Kong, China, 4th-Sri Lanka