Print Edition - 2019-04-12 | Oped
Nepal Basketball League put off until April 27
Apr 12, 2019-
Play for Deprived Children Nepal on Thursday postponed the Nepal Basketball League for seven days sighting a tight schedule for the players and officials.The longest and biggest tournament of Nepali basketball was originally scheduled to begin from April 20 but the organisers decided to push it as the event preceded by the eighth National Games. The basketball events under the Games, that unofficially kicked off on Wednesday, will finish on April 17.
“Although the National Games basketball finishes three days prior to the NBL, we want the players and officials to get enough rest time so that we can have a really fresh beginning to the tournament,” PDCN President Arun Karki said. “NBL runs till 55 days and to play this version of a long league, the players as well as the officials require enough rest time because heading back from the Games and playing another tournament will leave them with a tiring schedule. The officials and players themselves requested us to give provide them with some rest time,” added Karki.
A total of eight teams are participating in the NBL in a double round robin league home and away format. The organisers are also holding a women’s league this time around with the date set to be announced for the event. Golden Gate Club, Tribhuvan Army Club, Nepal Police Club, Budhanilkantha Municipality Basketball Club, Royal Basketball Club, Kirtipur Basketball Club, Times International Club and South Siders Basketball Club are participating in the league. The champions and runners-up will get Rs 200,000 and Rs 100,000.
A total of 68 matches will be played in the tournament including nine in playoffs and a final. Top four teams after the double league will qualify for the playoffs where the first and second placed teams will meet each other in the best of three Qualifier. The winners of the Qualifier will directly enter the final. The losers will take on the winners of the best of three Eliminator match between third and fourth placed teams in the second Qualifier to book a place in the one-match final. The playoffs and final will be played at the National Sports Council covered hall.
Published: 12-04-2019 11:52