Sunday, April 18, 2004

CTBA ready to assemble national teams

2004 Taiwanese Men’s NT is expected to be selected by CTBA and starts training in late-May. Taiwanese Men’s NT will participate in two competitions, both held in Taiwan, this year – the William Jones Cup and the inaugural Stankovic Cup (aka Asian Cup).

Jones Cup, which was cancelled last year because of SARS outbreak, will be held this year from July 17th to 31st (subject to change). Stankovic Cup, which is sanctioned by FIBA Asia, is scheduled from November 19th to 25th. Both events will be held in Taipei.

U-18 and U-20 Men’s teams will also be selected shortly. U-18 team will start training on June 28th and go to India in August for Asian U-18 Men’s Championship. U-20 team will start training in mid-August and head for Tehran, Iran for Asian U-20 Men’s Championship in September.

On women’s side, A-League Champ Kuo-tai Life will represent Taiwan to play in the Women’s World Cup Preliminary Games, which will be held Taipei also.

Asian U-18 Women’s Championship, originally to be held in Malaysia, will be postponed to the end of the year. The hosting country will be decided later. CTBA will also pull back the starting time of the training camp.

In total, CTBA will send out seven national teams to the international tournaments this year.