Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Taiwan to host Asian Women's Championship after 36 years

FIBA_Asia CTBA confirmed Tuesday that Taiwan has won the bid to host the 23rd Asian Women's Basketball Championship next year, the third time in history and the first time in 36 years that Taiwan had won the right to host the event.

Taiwan lastly hosted the most prestigious event in 1972 and won silver that year. In 1968, Taiwan hosted the Asian Women's Championship for the first time and finished with 4th place in the competition.

Due to political conflict with China, Taiwan's FIBA membership was suspended in 1974 and was not re-activated until 1986, which means that Taiwan was unable to participate in any FIBA-sanctioned competition for 12 years.

In 2002, Taiwan finally won the bid to host the Asian Junior Women Basketball Championship, which was held in Taipei.

CTBA also said that the FIBA Asia executive committee has reached a decision that China will host the next Asian Men's Basketball Championship with host city pending.