August 24, 2013

China win double gold at Asian Youth Games 3x3 Basketball Tournament


China, hosts of 2nd Asian Youth Games in Nanjing, dominated the competition's 3x3 Basketball tournament, winning gold medals in both the boys' and girls' divisions, defeating Chinese Taipei in the final each time. It was China Boys' second consecutive gold in the competition while the Girls improved from their silver medal finish back in 2009.

A total of 18 boys teams and nine girls teams took part in the six-day tournament that tipped off on August 17th. Both the finals were held on August 22nd.

China's boys defeated Chinese Taipei 21-14 in the Final. Korea finished third in the tournament by defeating last year's boys' winners Iran 20-18 in the bronze medal game.

The girl's final was also between China and Chinese Taipei, won by the Chinese youngsters 16-10. Thailand clinched the bronze medal with an earlier victory over Uzbekistan, 16-4.

Athletes from a total of 44 Asian nations took part in the second iteration of Asian Youth Games. India, who finished 18th out of 20 teams in the boys' 3x3 basketball competition at the 1st Asian Youth Games in Singapore back in 2009, were banned by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) because of government interference in the election process of India's Olympic Committee. In other sports, Indian athletes took part in the competition under the flag of 'Independent Olympic Athletes', but courted more controversy when 17 of them were thrown out of the field for being over-age.

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