February 4, 2010

No Basketball at the Delhi Commonwealth Games

Are you in the mood for some crappy news this morning? According to an exclusive report by More than the games yesterday, the Basketball championships at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi this year have been cancelled by FIBA.



This year's Commonwealth Basketball Championships, due to be staged in New Delhi in August, have been cancelled by the world governing body, FIBA.
The tournament was not directly connected with the Commonwealth Games, which are being held in India for the first time in October.
Although the scrapping of the tournament represents a set-back to the Indian organisers and those players hoping to compete, FIBA stressed that the cancellation had nothing to do with concerns about facilities, organisation or security - three issues which have blighted the build-up to the Delhi Games.
"The FIBA Commonwealth men's championship has been cancelled," a FIBA spokesman told national press agency Sportsbeat.
Basketball has only been included in the Commonwealth Games once, in Melbourne four years ago where teams from eight countries, including England and Scotland, competed in men's and women's tournaments.
Both gold medals were won by Australia, with England's men and women taking the bronze medals.
Although Australia are understood to have requested a postponement of the Commonwealth tournament until 2011, FIBA blamed a crowded international programme for its decision.
"The major national federations of the Commonwealth have experienced difficulty with the scheduling of the national team programmes as Australia, Canada and New Zealand have all qualified for the FIBA world championship in Turkey while England - as part of Great Britain - will compete in the European championships qualification series," said a spokesman.




So this truly sucks: Here was a chance for hoop enthusiasts in India to be able to see some better international talent perform at home, and be able to size up how our own national team competes alongside them.

Come on FIBA: pull some strings... make it happen... It's the friggin Commonwealth Games. Once you get past the primadonna auto-rickshaw drivers and the rapists, Delhi isn't all bad.


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2 comments:

  1. thats so bad.....i feel sad for the wonderful chance we had....:(

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  2. i like the word 'rapists'

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